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- Overall, we rate RedOrbit Questionable based on a lack of transparency and poor sourcing techniques. We are not rating this source for bias as they stick to science.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2002, RedOrbit is a website that publishes space, science, health, and technology news. According to their about page “RedOrbit.com is committed to providing stimulating, original content and presentation, with over 2,000,000 pages covering the vast ideological spectrums of space, science, health, and technology.”
The website lacks transparency as they do not disclose an editor although it seems all articles are published by Heidi, provide information on authors, or disclose ownership.
Funded by / Ownership
RedOrbit does not disclose ownership and revenue is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, RedOrbit publishes news related to space, science, tech, and health. Most stories are summaries that are not always sourced, but frequently use minimally loaded words such as this Washington State Uses Starlink to Assist With Combating Wildfires. For the most part, many stories are not sourced properly. When it comes to reporting on Science, which is their genre, they generally are pro-science and align with the consensus such as this, GMOs are safe to consume, study says. In general, the content on RedOrbit is pro-science and appears factual, however, there is such a lack of transparency and poor sourcing that we rate this source questionable. If this source upgraded their transparency they could attain a pro-science designation.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate RedOrbit Questionable based on a lack of transparency and poor sourcing techniques. We are not rating this source for bias as they stick to science. (D. Van Zandt 11/27/2016) Updated (10/17/2020)