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 Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to a failed fact check occasionally utilizing sources that have also failed fact checks.
Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Country: USA (45/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
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 the 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 and the Arizona Republic as well occasionally using sources that have failed fact checks such as The Guardian and Wikileaks. Salon also publishes health and science news that is scientifically based. Editorially, Salon utilizes strong wording that is anti-right in a 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.
Failed Fact Checks
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 Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to a failed fact check occasionally utilizing sources that have also failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 5/15/2016) Updated (9/26/2020)