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 PoliticusUSA, borderline extreme Left Biased in wording and editorial positions that always favor the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a failed fact check as well as frequent misleading one-sided commentary and occasional poor sourcing.
Factual Reporting: MIXED Country: USA World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2008, PoliticusUSA is a political commentary site that provides news, analysis, and opinions from a progressive perspective. Jason Easley serves as the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief/Senior White House and Congressional correspondent. PoliticusUSA breaks news into the following categories: Editorials, Politicus Radio, Liberal Nation Rising, Russia Scandal and Sports.
According to its About Page, the founder of the PoliticusUSA is Jason Easley and they state that “not a drop of investment capital was used in the start-up. We do not seek grants or funding from foundations. We do not accept advertising dollars from any outlet that would have even the opportunity to dictate our coverage.” The website is funded through online 3rd party advertising.
PoliticusUSA has been criticized for utilizing sensational/misleading headlines that do not always match the reality of the story. For example, in this story, “Trump Said CIA Lies But Then Winks as He Makes Putin’s BFF New Fave as SecState”, the author makes the claim that Tillerson is “not only a fossil fuel CEO but one who has very, very close ties with Vladimir Putin, the guy the CIA says got Donald Trump elected president – for what looks like a little quid pro quo.” Unfortunately, the author does not provide a hyperlinked source to validate this opinion.
In general, story selection always favors the left and denigrates the right, in particular President Trump. All news stories are well-sourced, though headlines tend to be sensational and may be misleading at times.
Overall, we rate PoliticusUSA, borderline extreme Left Biased in wording and editorial positions that always favor the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a failed fact check as well as frequent misleading one-sided commentary and occasional poor sourcing. (5/15/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 10/23/2019)