The Reality-Based Community

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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.

Factual Reporting: HIGH

Notes: The Reality-Based Community ( is a group blog run by Mark A. R. Kleiman, who is a Professor of Public Policy and the Director of the Crime Reduction & Justice Initiative at New York University’s Marron Institute. His teaching and research covers drug policy, crime control policy, and methods of policy analysis. The blog has a dedicated category that links to cannabis science policy summit. In fact, many articles on the blog advocate for marijuana legalization and its benefits.

In review, The Reality-Based Community typically publishes stories with neutral language such as “Peak gasoline.” However, some stories use loaded language from a left wing perspective, especially when writing about President Trump.  All articles are well sourced to credible media such as Reuters, Bloomberg and the LA Times. The Reality-Based Community has not failed any known fact checks and most stories favor the left in policy through both economics and marijuana laws. Overall, we rate The Reality-Based Community as left biased due to story selection and High for factual reporting based on proper sourcing. (M. Huitsing 11/1/2017)


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