These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Tarbell Left-Center Biased based on advocacy for liberal/progressive policies regarding corporate influence in politics. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing, minimal use of loaded misleading language and a clean fact check.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 2017 by Wendell Potter, Tarbell is a website with the goal of exposing the connections between big business and politics. According to Poynter, Potter is a “journalist-turned-public relations executive-turned whistleblower-turned journalist.” Further, Potter worked in the Health Insurance Industry for 20+ years as well. They describe their mission as: “Tarbell uncovers how powerful people and companies use their influence to shape a system that works for them, not you. We highlight solutions to pressing problems.” The current managing editor is Dina Rasor.
Funded by / Ownership
Tarbell is published by To Be Fair Inc. a 501c3 nonprofit. The website was originally funded through crowdfunding from large donors, however they are now funded through reader donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Tarbell reports news on how corporate interests’ influence energy, taxation, politics, and health care. However, the primary focus is advocacy for universal healthcare (Medicare for All). Story selection often favors liberal/progressive policies on healthcare such as this: A for-profit company bought, then closed, a Philadelphia hospital. Medicare for All could have saved it. This story is listed as commentary and does not provide hyperlinked sourcing. In this analysis piece: Senator Harris: You really need to rethink your plan to put private insurers in charge of Medicare, there is appropriate use of hyperlinked sourcing to credible media outlets.
The website also features an Investigations and Solutions section, both of which rely on proper sourcing of information. In general, Tarbell leans left editorially through policy positions that weaken corporate influence on politics.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Tarbell Left-Center Biased based on advocacy for liberal/progressive policies regarding corporate influence in politics. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing, minimal use of loaded misleading language and a clean fact check. (D. Van Zandt 8/12/2019)