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 City Left-Center biased based on 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 48/180
Founded in 2019, The City is an online publication that provides news and opinions about the 5 boroughs of New York City. According to their about page they state “THE CITY is an independent, nonprofit news outlet dedicated to hard-hitting reporting that serves the people of New York. Our reporters pound the pavement in all five boroughs, working with New Yorkers to tell their stories and make their lives better.” For a full masthead of staff see here.
Funded by / Ownership
The City is a nonprofit that is funded through donations. They are transparent by listing their largest donors as follows:
- Leon Levy Foundation
- Craig Newmark Philanthropies
- Charles H. Revson Foundation
- Arnold Ventures
- The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
- Oak Foundation
- Richard Ravitch Foundation
Analysis / Bias
In review, The City has a partnership with New York Media, in which their stories are published on the New York Magazine website. The City provides original reporting that ranges from local first person accounting, to in depth investigations that covers lifestyle to politics. The City typically does not use loaded emotional language in articles and headlines such as this: Trained Operators for Coronavirus Patient Ventilators Scarce in New York. This story like most is properly sourced to credible outlets such as NYC.gov and the State Department of Education. Story selection tends to lean left with many articles covering social justice and education. In general news is reported factually with a slight left leaning bias in story selection.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate The City Left-Center biased based on 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 3/23/2020)