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Sludge - Left Bias - Liberal - Progressive - Democrat - CredibleLEFT BIAS

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 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

Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: USA
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180

History

Founded in 2018, Sludge produces investigative journalism on lobbying and money in politics. According to their about page “We scour traditional lobbying disclosures and campaign contributions, but our primary focus is all the ways that money influences politics that don’t fit established patterns and often don’t have to be disclosed.” Sludge also discloses their writing team along with bios on their about page.

Funded by / Ownership

Sludge does not openly disclose an individual owner, however they do disclaim “Sludge was launched as part of the First Fleet of newsrooms on Civil, a journalism platform that uses cryptoeconomics to guard against low-quality content and censorship. Once the platform is fully launched, Sludge will be accountable to holders of  the Civil token, who will use internal governance mechanisms to affirm the integrity and commitment to journalistic standards of Sludge and other newsrooms on the protocol, according to the guidelines in the Civil Constitution. In addition, every article published by Sludge will be permanently published on the Ethereum blockchain.” Revenue is derived through membership fees and kickstarter campaigns.

Analysis / Bias

In review, Sludge produces news stories and journalism in the categories Climate, Defense, Hate, Health, 2020 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.

A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.

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)

Source: https://readsludge.com/

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