These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appealing to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Polygon Left-Center biased based on story selection that slightly favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2012, Polygon is a website that publishes video game news, pop culture, and reviews from a fan’s perspective. The website does not have an about page; however, they provide a Masthead of staff, indicating that Christopher Plante is the editor-in-chief.
Polygon is based in the United States. Read our profile on the USA government’s influence on media.
Funded by / Ownership
Polygon is owned by Vox Media, a digital publishing network founded by Jerome Armstrong, Tyler Bleszinski, and Markos Moulitsas and based in Washington, D.C. According to a Nieman Labs article, Vox Media has eight editorial brands and a custom advertising division. These are (sports-focused) SB Nation, (tech site) The Verge, (real estate blog) Curbed, (food and nightlife) Eater, (technology news) Racked, (news hub) Vox, and (technology business) Recode.
Further, a New York Times article dated 2015 states that NBC Universal, which Comcast owns, invested $200 Million in Vox Media. Revenue for Polygon is generated through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Polygon primarily reports on video game news and reviews. Headlines always reflect the content and use minimally loaded wording such as this: The man who made Wolfenstein and other stories consist of best-of lists, The best Xbox One games.
When determining bias on non-political websites, we use the search bar to look at names and specific issues to see if or how they reported on them. For example, a search for “Trump” pulls up an opinion piece that is negative towards former President Trump’s tariffs. Trump’s tariffs could ruin the American board game industry. A search for “climate change” reveals this PlayStation 5 will consume less power in effort to combat climate change. A search for “Net Neutrality” reveals support, and finally, a search for “impeachment” demonstrates they have not reported on it. In general, when Polygon covers politics, it is in the context of their genre; however, story selection slightly favors the left.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Polygon Left-Center biased based on story selection that slightly favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (D. Van Zandt 12/25/2019) Updated (08/19/2022)
Last Updated on June 29, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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