The Reality-Based Community – Bias and Credibility

Reality Based Community - Left Bias - Liberal - Progressive - CredibleFactual Reporting: High - Credible - Reliable


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.

Update: This source stopped publishing in 2020 and is retired from our main lists.

Factual Reporting: HIGH

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 cover 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)


Last Updated on July 1, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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