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 Splinter Mixed for factual reporting due to the use of fringe sources, such as blogs, and left-biased through story selection that always favors the left.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Splinter News is formerly known as Fusion, which is a multi-platform endeavor owned by Univision Communications Inc. that includes Fusion TV, The Onion, The AV Club, The Root, Clickhole, Starwipe, The Flama and El Rey Network, now rebranded as of July 2017 as Splinter News. Dodai Stewart is the Editor-in-Chief and according to Variety.com, she says “The site will focus on news and political commentary for a justice-minded, inclusive, and incisive audience.”
Funded by / Ownership
Splinter is owned by the Gizmodo Media Group, a subsidiary of Univision Communications Inc. The website is funded through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Splinter News curates stories from mostly left leaning sources that include: Jezebel, The Root, Gizmodo, Deadspin, Jalopnik, Kotaku, and Lifehacker. Splinter News uses loaded words in their headlines and articles such as “That Time a Powerful Senator Called the White House a Day–Care Center.” They tend to source their articles well, however they sometimes source to blogs such as slowlyboiledfrog.com. Splinter also publishes stories with sensational headlines such as “After Being Kicked Out of a Christian School, Trans Teen Becomes a Homecoming King.” In general, all stories favor the left.
Overall, we rate Splinter Mixed for factual reporting due to the use of fringe sources, such as blogs, and left-biased through story selection that always favors the left. (M. Huitsing 10/9/2017) Updated (3/16/2019)