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 Shondaland Left biased based on activism and editorial positions that mostly favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High due to a lack of transparency with owners/editors.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2017 by Shonda Rhimes, who is the creator of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal”, Shondaland is described on their about page as “We tell stories. All-day long. Dark or light, we use our stories for good.” In general, this is an entertainment and lifestyle website that also covers politics. Shondaland lacks some transparency as they do not name an editor and do not specify whether Shonda Rhimes is the owner.
Funded by / Ownership
According to their about page, the website is a part of Hearst Digital Media but does not fully disclose ownership. Revenue is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Shondaland publishes essays, podcasts, and news related to lifestyle, entertainment, and politics. Most content is original with a strong focus on women. Headlines and articles are often presented with minimal bias such as this: Learning Everything About Cars Changed My Life. This story, like most, is properly sourced. Shondaland covers health and wellness as well. While they report stories that involve pseudoscience, they typically state that something is not medically accepted such as this: Woo-Woo Wellness Is More Popular Than Ever.
Editorially, Shondaland dedicates a section called “Acts” to political activism that always favors the left. For example, they are opposed to Republican tax plans such as this: How You Can (Still) Help Fight the GOP Tax Bill. They also routinely report negatively on the Trump administration such as this: Yes, Donald Trump Deserved to Get Booed. In general, news and information is reasonably factual while editorially there is a clear left bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Shondaland Left biased based on activism and editorial positions that mostly favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High due to a lack of transparency with owners/editors. (D. Van Zandt 3/11/2020)