Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: United Kingdom
World Press Freedom Rank: UK 35/180
Founded in 1961, Private Eye is a British fortnightly satirical and current affairs news magazine. According to their about page “Private Eye is the UK’s number one best-selling news and current affairs magazine, offering a unique blend of humour, social and political observations and investigative journalism.” The current editor is Ian David Hislop.
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Funded by / Ownership
Private Eye is owned by Pressdram Ltd. Revenue is derived through subscription fees and advertising as well as a shop where you can purchase back issues.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Private Eye is a unique publication as they publish both satire and investigative journalism, as well as political cartoons. Many articles ridicule powerful individuals such as this Ian Hislop says he hopes Boris Johnson goes to prison ‘forever’ in viral rant. Other stories are political in nature such as this Doctoring the WHO. The viewpoints tend to be left-leaning such as this Address to the Nation from the People’s War Room.
Although Private Eye does not spare anyone when it comes to satire, they do have a questionable record with science. For example, they have sided with Anti-Vaccine proponent Andrew Wakefield in the past. In general, Private Eye is a left-leaning source of information that also publishes satire, which can be confusing as there is a mix of real and satirical content throughout the website.
Overall, we rate Private Eye Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that favor the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the promotion of pseudoscience as well as mixing satire and real news that is confusing to the reader. (D. Van Zandt 7/21/2016) Updated (4/24/2020)