These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward liberal causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Left Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate People Magazine Left Biased based on editorially positions and political news reporting that favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1974, People is an American weekly magazine of mostly celebrity and human-interest stories, published by the Meredith Corporation. With a readership of 46.6 million adults, People has the largest audience of any American magazine. The current editor is Dan Wakeford.
Funded by / Ownership
In 2017, People Magazine was bought by the Meredith Corporation from Time Inc. The Meredith Corporation “owns magazines, television stations, websites, and radio stations. Meredith’s publications have a readership of more than 120 million, paid circulation of more than 40 million, and its websites have nearly 135 million monthly unique visitors. Meredith’s broadcast television stations reach 11% of U.S. households.” Revenue is derived through advertising, subscriptions, and newsstand sales.
Analysis / Bias
In review, People Magazine primarily publishes general interest and celebrity news, however, the online section contains a politics section that we will review. Political news sometimes uses emotionally loaded language that favors the left such as this: Trump Tried to Attack Biden Using a Nickelback Song, Then His Tweet Was Taken Down Over Copyright: ‘The Dumbest Timeline’. Other political stories are more serious and properly sourced such as this: Planned Parenthood to Open Large Clinic Near States Where Abortion Access Is Threatened. In general, the editorial direction of People is left-biased with many stories negative toward conservatives and the Trump Administration.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate People Magazine Left Biased based on editorially positions and political news reporting that favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (12/9/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 10/03/2019)