Last updated on August 26th, 2020 at 05:05 pm
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 Techdirt Left-Center biased based on policy positions and story selection that moderately favors the left. 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 1997, Techdirt is an internet blog that reports on technology’s legal challenges and related business and economic policy issues, in the context of the digital revolution. It focuses on intellectual property, patent, information privacy, and copyright reform in particular. Techdirt is created and edited by Mike Masnick. Techdirt has been nominated for a Webby Award.
Funded by / Ownership
The website is owned by Floor64, Inc. Techdirt is funded through online advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, although Techdirt is a technology blog, its primary focus is on the political aspects of technology. With this said, Techdirt uses emotionally loaded words and does not have a favorable view of President Trump’s policies as evidenced here: Trump’s Latest Nonsensical Announcement About Censoring The Internet. This particular article is sourced properly to credible news sources. Techdirt offers an entire section of its website to free speech issues, which also does not agree with the right-wing policy agenda. In general, stories tend to favor the left when reporting on technological political news.
A factual search reveals that Techdirt has never failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Techdirt Left-Center biased based on policy positions and story selection that moderately favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 10/20/2018)