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 using appeal 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.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
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 do provide a Masthead of staff, which indicates Christopher Plante is the editor-in-chief.
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Funded by / Ownership
Polygon is owned by Vox Media, which is a digital publishing network founded by Jerome Armstrong, Tyler Bleszinski, and Markos Moulitsas and based in Washington, D.C. According to a Nieman Lab 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 is owned by Comcast, 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 trying to determine bias on non-political websites, we use the search bar to look at names and certain issues to see if or how they reported on it. For example, a search for “Trump” pulls up an opinion piece that is negative towards 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
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 (10/12/2020)
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