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 Slate, moderately Left Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a reasonable fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Slate is an online magazine that covers the topics of News and Politics, Culture, Entertainment, Technology, and Business. In 1996, Slate was founded by the former editor of The New Republic and co-host of CNN’s“Crossfire, Michael Kinsley and published by Microsoft Corp. Slate was originally headquartered in Seattle, however, they are now currently based in New York City. The Washington Post Company acquired Slate in 2004. After Amazon’s Jeff Bezos acquired the Washington Post (Newspaper) from the Washington Post Company, the Washington Post Company retained ownership of its group of seven television stations, higher education company Kaplan, The Slate Group, and in 2013, changed its name to Graham Holdings Company.
In September of 2018, the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Slate, Jacob Weisberg left after 22 years. Julia Turner has been the Editor-in-Chief of Slate since 2014, but as of November 2018, Turner left Slate. Currently, Dan Check is the President of Slate and Vice Chairman of The Slate Group. Sam Adams is a senior editor as well as the editor of Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat.
Funded by / Ownership
Slate is owned by Graham Holdings Company, and according to its about page, Slate does not charge for access and relies on digital advertising for revenue. Slate offers bonus and ad-free podcasts and other shows through a Slate Plus membership, which was launched in 2014. Slate is also a member of Amazon Associates; “When readers click on a link from a Slate article to Amazon.com, Slate earns a percentage of the purchase.”
Analysis / Bias
In review, Slate has a politically progressive, liberal stance throughout their political articles. They publish political news with moderately emotionally loaded headlines such as “The Government Shutdown Is Going to Hurt More People Each Day It Continues” and “EPA Proposes Nixing Obama-Era Rule on Mercury From Coal Plants.” Slate always sources to credible media outlets such as Associated Press, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Hill, Washington Post, and New York Times. Slate also covers a wide variety of topics, including reviews and articles about films.
Editorially, Slate favors the left. During the 2016 Presidential Election, the Slate Staff endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for President. In general, Slate story selection tends to favor the left and is always properly sourced.
A 2014 Pew Research Survey found that 76% of Slate’s audience is consistently or mostly liberal, 14% Mixed and 10% consistently or mostly conservative. This indicates that Slate is strongly preferred by a more liberal audience.
Overall, we rate Slate, moderately Left Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a reasonable fact check record. (5/15/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 12/10/2019)