These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative 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 conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate Pluralist Right biased based on story selection that favors the Right and Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing of information.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
The Pluralist is a news and opinion website that covers politics, the media and culture. According to their about page: “Pluralist is a tabloid that covers the U.S. culture wars. Our beat is the absurd, the hypocritical and the surreal. We try to counter conventional media narratives and get at what’s really at stake in the news.” According to the masthead the three founders are Juan Leon, Andrew Tobin and Adaam James Levin-Areddy. the Pluralist also maintains the very popular Occupy Democrats Logic Facebook page, which currently has over 800,000 followers. The about for their Facebook page is pretty clear: “Calling out the stupidity of Occupy Democrats and oppose the leftist scum.”
Funded by / Ownership
The Pluralist is owned by Minute Media. They appear to be funded by an over-abundance of advertising that bogs down the website to a crawl. While we understand the need for advertising to survive (we do it), there are limits and they exceed them. Ad Blocker blocked 18 ads on one article. Again, ads are essential and I do not personally use my ad blocker because I want the media to remain free and for sites to make money, but this is a bit much and a burden to the viewer.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Pluralist uses strong loaded language in their headlines such as this: ‘Own the Libs Day’ Was Too Good to Be a Coincidence. Here’s What Really Happened. The Pluralist sources most of their information back to themselves, however they sometimes utilize factually mixed right biased sources such as the Washington Free Beacon. Story selection tends to favor the right such as this: AOC Blames Immigration on Right-Wing Plot to Hide Climate Change, which portrays the left negatively. Editorially, virtually all opinions favor the right. In general, the Pluralist is indeed a sensational tabloid with a strong right leaning bias. Most information published on the Pluralist is also published on Occupy Democrats Logic.
Overall, we rate Pluralist Right biased based on story selection that favors the Right and Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing of information. (D. Van Zandt 4/15/2018) Updated (9/07/2019)