These media sources are moderate 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 an appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports, and omit information that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Left Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate Raw Story Left Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that usually favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and promptly correcting any false or misleading reports.
Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
John K. Byrne founded raw Story in 2004 as a liberal alternative to the Drudge Report. Their About Page describes themselves as “Popular. Fearless. Progressive. Raw Story is an investigative news website focused on the issues that matter and bringing underreported news to light. Raw Story delivers award-winning investigative reporting, breaking news and bold opinion columns, reaching more than six million readers a month.”
Raw Story is transparent; please see their Masthead. As of April 2018, Raw Story Media Inc. acquired the New Civil Rights Movement (politics and civil liberties site) and AlterNet.org (a left-leaning online news site).
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Funded by / Ownership
John Byrne is the founder, CEO, and majority owner of Raw Story Media. Michael Rogers is a partner in Raw Story Media and publisher of the online news site, RawStory.com. Advertising, donations, subscriptions, and an online store generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
Raw Story summarizes information from other sources such as this: “Irate customer drags salon owner 50 feet to her death after running out on manicure without paying.” They also publish original stories like this: Trans activists detained in Arizona and threatened with deportation due to bureaucratic catch-22. Raw Story consistently utilizes strong, emotionally loaded headlines such as “Trump insists border wall will be ‘all concrete’ — except where it’s ‘see-through’: ‘Makes sense to me!’” and “MSNBC’s Morning Joe mocks ‘confused’ Trump over shutdown boasts: ‘Voters are blaming him.’”
Regarding sourcing, they rely on credible media outlets such as the Washington Blade, Las Vegas Review-Journal, and the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Editorially, most opinion pieces favor the left and denigrate the right, such as this and . These opinion pieces are sourced properly from credible media outlets like the Washington Post and Salon.
When it comes to science, they support the consensus on issues such as climate change and Covid-19 vaccines. In general, Raw Story is left biased based on progressive-liberal editorial perspectives. They are also fact-based and correct errors when discovered.
Failed Fact Checks
- “USPS failed to deliver 27% of mail-in ballots in South Florida” – Corrected
- Raw Story consistently corrects mistakes.
Overall, we rate Raw Story Left Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that usually favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and promptly correcting any false or misleading reports. (5/15/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 02/13/2023)
Last Updated on February 13, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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