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 The Baltimore Banner Left-Center biased based on story selection and opinion pieces that favor a liberal perspective. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
The Baltimore Banner is an online non-profit news website launched by Stewart Bainum in October 2021. Bainum, a Democrat, has previously served as a member of the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates. The Baltimore Banner primarily covers local news and various topics, including opinion and lifestyle articles. It aims to provide news and information relevant to the Baltimore community. The Baltimore Banner is based in Baltimore, Maryland.
Funded by / Ownership
The Baltimore Banner is overseen by the Venetoulis Institute for Local Journalism, a non-profit organization. Stewart Bainum serves as the Institute’s chairman, named after former Baltimore County executive Ted Venetoulis. The Baltimore Banner generates revenue through advertising, sponsored content, subscriptions, and donations.
Analysis / Bias
The Baltimore Banner covers a wide range of topics, from politics and education to housing, economy, health, and culture. It includes sections like “Politics and Power,” discussing local and state government affairs. It also features commentaries, such as, “Abortion access remains a priority in Maryland even with more restrictions across the country.” As a commentary piece, the article exhibits a clear bias toward maintaining abortion access in Maryland, reflecting the authors’ professional experiences and perspectives without presenting opposing viewpoints.
In another opinion article, “DeSantis uses Baltimore crime as a dog whistle to dodge his own bullets,” the author uses emotionally loaded language to criticize Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for deflecting from his state’s crime issues by focusing on Baltimore, suggesting a bias in the title and content. A quote from the article reads, “During his technologically shaky presidential campaign announcement on Twitter Spaces,” focusing on DeSantis negatively.
Regarding sourcing, The Baltimore Banner utilizes credible sources such as The Associated Press coppin.edu, NPR, and Yahoo News, as well as local news outlets such as WTVJ – NBC 6 – Miami and public radio.
Finally, they typically republish from the Associated Press when reporting on national politics. In general, they present fact-based news with a left-leaning editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate The Baltimore Banner Left-Center biased based on story selection and opinion pieces that favor a liberal perspective. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (M. Huitsing 06/06/2023)
Last Updated on June 6, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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