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 Colorado Sun Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 2018, The Colorado Sun is a Denver based news and journalism website. According to their about page they strive to “cover all of Colorado so that our state — our community — can better understand itself.” They further state “We are committed to fact-based, in-depth and non-partisan journalism. We cover everything from politics and culture to the outdoor industry and education.”
The Colorado Sun is transparent as they list all staff, with Larry Ryckman serving as editor.
Eight former employees of The Denver Post started The Colorado Sun in response to multiple layoffs at the Denver Post after the Post’s acquisition by the private equity firm Alden Global Capital.
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Funded by / Ownership
The Colorado Sun is independently owned and funded through membership fees. Initial funding came from Civil followed by 2 years of additional funding from Wend Ventures.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Colorado Sun produces original news reporting and long form journalism as well as republishes stories from the Associated Press. Articles and headlines typically do not report with emotional language such as this: Gov. Jared Polis declares state of emergency in response to coronavirus outbreak. Like all stories published by the Colorado Sun there is proper sourcing within each article. News is categorized into sections with one section dedicated to Politics. Stories in this section tend to cover both sides of issues and minimize editorializing such as this: Colorado issues, like fracking and marijuana, divide the Democratic candidates for president.
The website also features opinion columns that strike a reasonable balance, however a review of dozens demonstrate more that favor the left such as this: Silverman: How did extreme right-wingers take over Colorado’s Republican Party? and this Carman: When the spit hits the fan, universal access to health care is critical. In general, news is reported factually and with strong sourcing, while editorials tend to lean left.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate The Colorado Sun Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 3/15/2020)
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