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 appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports, and omit information reporting 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 poor sourcing techniques, a lack of transparency with ownership, and one-sided propaganda reporting.
Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: USA (44/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Radio Station/Website
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2004 by Mike Papantonio, The Ring of Fire Network is a nationally syndicated American talk radio program 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. Advertising generates revenue.
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 frequently emotionally charged loaded words: 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 from 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.
Editorially, all stories favor the progressive left and often criticize centrist Democrats such as this VP Kamala Harris Is HUGE Liability For Midterm Democrats and denigrate the right such as this Oops! McConnell Backtracks And Says He Wants Corporations In Politics. In general, Ring of Fire articles strongly favor the progressive left and are not always sourced properly.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate The Ring of Fire Network strongly Left biased based on story selection that always favors the left and loaded sensational language that negatively portrays the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing techniques, a lack of transparency with ownership, and one-sided propaganda reporting. (D. Van Zandt 5/15/2016) Updated (01/25/2022)
Last Updated on January 25, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check