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.
- Overall, we rate The Ring of Fire Network strongly Left biased based on story selection that always favors the left and the use of loaded sensational language that portrays the right negatively. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the use of sources that have failed fact checks, as well as a Pants on Fire claim by one of their radio hosts.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2004 by Mike Papantonio, The Ring of Fire Network is a nationally syndicated American talk radio program that is currently carried on 43 radio stations across the United States. Ring of Fire also has a website that publishes news and opinion stories. According to their about page, the mission of ROF is to expose Wall Street thugs, environmental criminality, corporate media failure, and political backstories rarely found in the mainstream media.” Additionally, they state “The Ring of Fire has expanded into a multi-media network for the latest Progressive news, commentary, and analysis. Mike Papantonio, Farron Cousins, Thom Hartmann, Abby Martin, Laura Flanders, Sam Seder, David Pakman, Lee Camp, Mike Malloy, Benjamin Dixon & Richard Eskow host weekly radio and television broadcasts, and posts daily news stories and original video commentaries on the website.”
Funded by / Ownership
The website does not disclose ownership, however, Mike Papantonio has provided funding in the past. Revenue is generated through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
This review is based on website content only. The Ring of Fire disclaims on their about page that “the listed author on each post is solely responsible for his/her content posted to the site. There is not an independent editorial board that reviews the content.”
In review, Ring of Fire publishes news that is strongly left-biased and utilizes frequent emotionally charged loaded words such as this: Trump’s Mental Problems Are Getting Worse And He Has To Be Removed and this Donald Trump Has Cheated His Way Through His Entire Life. Both of these stories source to a transcript of dialogue from their radio programs. They also publish links to videos from The Young Turks, which we have rated strongly left-biased and Mixed for factual reporting. In general, story selection always favors the progressive left and denigrates the right.
Overall, we rate The Ring of Fire Network strongly Left biased based on story selection that always favors the left and the use of loaded sensational language that portrays the right negatively. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the use of sources that have failed fact checks, as well as a Pants on Fire claim by one of their radio hosts. (D. Van Zandt 5/15/2016) Updated (4/8/2019)