These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate RocketNews Left-Center biased based on frequent use of sources that we rate as left-leaning. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting as some of the sources utilized have failed facts as well as the promotion of unsourced information.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2000 by Murray Owen, RocketNews is a news aggregator that also features sponsored articles. According to their about page “Rocketnews delivers the top stories and the latest news in market news, financial news, business news, science news, health news, technology news, world, and international news, sports news, celebrity news, and online news.”
Funded by / Ownership
RocketNews is owned by Murray Owen through Murray Owen LLC. The website does not display ads, however, revenue is derived through sponsored content or what they refer to as “commercial news posts.” Commercial Posts typically advertise a product or website that is pre-paid at $100 for one article, $200 for three articles, and $300 for six articles. RocketNews disclaims “We reserve the right to refuse service to web sites we deem as inappropriate, objectionable, or are used for spam or other questionable ethical purposes other than best practices as defined by the major search engines. If your content is deemed inappropriate, we’ll refund your money in full.”
Analysis / Bias
In review, RocketNews features two primary sections, one dedicated to aggregated news from other sources and the other to “features articles”, which lists commercial posts. Aggregated news comes primarily from Al Jazeera and Yahoo News, which we rate Left-Center Biased. Other sources used less frequently are the Washington Post, BBC, Associated Press, and local news affiliates.
Paid Commercial Posts generally promote services or products through articles such as this: What Materials Are Needed to Repair a Roof? While the article is informative and helpful the purpose of this article is to drive traffic to a roof repairs service website. Although most of the content is harmless and informative some do not provide a source and advocate unproven claims such as this: 5 High Protein Vegetables For Weight Loss. This article does not source to scientific evidence that the claims made have been proven. In general, RocketNews does not express editorial positions, however, most of the news sources utilized fall along the left-leaning spectrum.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate RocketNews Left-Center biased based on frequent use of sources that we rate as left-leaning. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting as some of the sources utilized have failed facts as well as the promotion of unsourced information. (D. Van Zandt 6/18/2020)