These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward liberal causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Left Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate The Cut Left Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that mostly favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to the occasional promotion of pseudoscience.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2008, The Cut is a standalone website that is published by New York Magazine. The Cut covers fashion, lifestyle, culture, and politics from a primarily female perspective. According to their media kit “The Cut is the premier destination for women with sharp, stylish minds. No matter the subject, we address our readers’ lives head on, with generous wit, unflinching honesty and undeniable power.”
Funded by / Ownership
The Cut is owned by Vox Media, which is a digital publishing network founded by Jerome Armstrong, Tyler Bleszinski, and Markos Moulitsas and based in Washington, D.C. According to a Nieman Lab article, Vox Media had eight editorial brands and a custom advertising division. These are (sports-focused) SB Nation, (tech site) The Verge, (real estate blog) Curbed, (food and nightlife) Eater, (technology news) Racked, (news hub) Vox and (technology business) Recode. However, in 2019 they merged with New York Media adding New York Magazine, Vulture and others. Further, a New York Times article dated 2015 states that NBC Universal, which is owned by Comcast, invested $200 Million in Vox Media. Revenue for The Cut is generated through advertising and subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Cut publishes news and opinion articles covering fashion, lifestyle, and politics. Non-political articles often use moderately loaded language such as this 5 Up-and-Coming Designers Changing the Fashion Industry. All stories reviewed linked to credible sources such as the New York Times and the World Health Organization. Under the section called “Power” they publish articles related to feminism and politics. The articles in this section are fact-based and also rely on moderately loaded language such as this It’ll Have to Be Completely Destroyed
Editorially, most opinions favor the left and often have a negative opinion of President Trump such as this Sure, Let Him Talk for a Whole Hour. The website also promotes a feminist perspective. When it comes to science they have promoted GMO alarmism and publish horoscopes that are considered pseudoscience. In general, the news is reported factually with a moderate left-leaning bias in editorial content.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate The Cut Left Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that mostly favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to the occasional promotion of pseudoscience. (D. Van Zandt 10/16/2020)