Sludge

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LEFT BIAS

These media sources are moderate 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 Sludge Left Biased based on story selection that almost always favors the progressive left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to excellent sourcing practices and a clean fact-check record.

Detailed Report

Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: USA
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY

History

Founded in 2018, Sludge produces investigative journalism on lobbying and money in politics. According to their about page, “Sludge is an independent, nonprofit news outlet that produces investigative journalism on lobbying and money in politics. We look beyond public records and disclosures to reveal the hidden networks and conflicts of interest that drive systemic corruption.” Sludge also discloses their writing team along with bios on their about page.

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Funded by / Ownership

According to their about page, “Sludge is a project of the Participatory Politics Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 2009. We are also a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN), a network of over 300 independent news organizations, and one of nine founding members of The Brick House Cooperative, a new media collective of publications across the world.” Revenue is derived through membership fees and donations.

Analysis / Bias

In review, Sludge produces news stories and journalism in the categories of Climate, Defense, Democracy, Health, and Tech. For this review, we will do an overall analysis of each category and provide a supporting example that accurately reflects bias.

In general, story selection favors the progressive left through opposition to corporate influence in politics, and all information is very well sourced to credible information and outlets.

Failed Fact Checks

  • None in the Last 5 years

Overall, we rate Sludge Left Biased based on story selection that almost always favors the progressive left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to excellent sourcing practices and a clean fact-check record. (D. Van Zandt 11/2/2019) Updated (09/12/2022)

Source: https://readsludge.com/

Last Updated on September 12, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check

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