These sources consist of legitimate science or are evidence based through the use of credible scientific sourcing. Legitimate science follows the scientific method, is unbiased and does not use emotional words. These sources also respect the consensus of experts in the given scientific field and strive to publish peer reviewed science. Some sources in this category may have a slight political bias, but adhere to scientific principles. See all Pro-Science sources.
- Overall, we rate Space.com Pro-Science based on the publication of information that is rooted in scientific evidence. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1999, by then CNN host Lou Dobbs, Space.com is a space and astronomy news website. Its stories are often syndicated to other media outlets. According to their mission statement they “provide an amazing journey celebrating space exploration, innovation, and discovery.” The current editor-in-chief is Tariq Malik.
Funded by / Ownership
Space.com is now owned by Purch, a tech media group. Revenue is derived through advertising and sponsored content.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Space.com covers developments in space, physics, technology, and astronomy. Space.com does not offer original news, but rather summarizes news stories from other sources. News is reported with some emotional wording in headlines, but the body of content is generally pro-science such as this: A TV satellite is about to explode following ‘irreversible’ battery damage. Space.com always sources their information and does not provide significant editorial bias. For example, when reporting on Trump, they stick with the genre and focus on science issues such as this: Trump Launches US Space Command to Control the ‘Next Warfighting Domain’.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Space.com Pro-Science based on the publication of information that is rooted in scientific evidence. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 11/27/2016) Updated (1/24/2020)