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 Salon Left Biased based on story selection that strongly favors the left and endorsements of political positions that are affiliated with the Democratic Party. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and adherence to the consensus of science.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1995, Salon is a progressive/liberal news and opinion website created by David Talbot. Salon publishes articles on U.S. politics, culture, and current events and has a left leaning editorial stance. The current editor is Andrew O’Hehir.
Funded by / Ownership
Salon is owned by the Salon Media Group and is funded through periodic cash infusions from John Warnock and William Hambrecht. Revenue is generated through online advertising as well as subscription fees for exclusive content and sales from the marketplace.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Salon focuses on U.S. politics and current affairs. Story selection almost always favors the left and there is frequent use of loaded emotional language such as this: What campus free speech? Arizona case shows how far the right will go to stifle dissent. This story, like most on Salon is properly sourced to credible media such as the New York Times, The Guardian and the Arizona Republic. Salon also publishes health and science news that is scientifically based. Editorially, Salon utilizes strong wording that is anti-right in tone such as this: Donald Trump is running for president as a flat-out racist. Further, they do not clearly label opinion pieces which can be misleading.
A factual search reveals that they have been a part of a failed a fact check, but not the primary source.
Overall, we rate Salon Left Biased based on story selection that strongly favors the left and endorsements of political positions that are affiliated with the Democratic Party. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and adherence to the consensus of science. (D. Van Zandt 5/15/2016) Updated (4/7/2019)