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 Fulcrum strongly Left-Center Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual, rather than High due to a lack of transparency in their mission statement that does not disclose their liberal perspective.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2019, The Fulcrum is a website that reports news and information regarding the Democratic process of elections. According to their mission statement “The Fulcrum is a digital news organization focused exclusively on efforts to reverse the dysfunctions plaguing American democracy. Our original stories, the news we gather from across the country and our opinion forum are all tightly focused on money in politics, redistricting, voting rights, election access, government ethics, civic engagement, and the imbalance of powers.” The current publisher and executive editor are David Meyers, and the editor-in-chief is David Hawkings, both of whom were affiliated with Roll Call.
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Funded by / Ownership
The Fulcrum is owned by Issue One, a nonprofit organization that seeks to reduce the role of money in politics. Funding for the Fulcrum comes from Issue One, which is in turn funded through donations. They disclose on the website that they are funded by the “Hewlett Foundation, the Bridge Alliance Education Fund, Arnold Ventures, the Unite America Institute, the Gaia Fund, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the Lizzie and Jonathan M. Tisch Foundation, and the Thornburg Foundation.”
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Fulcrum produces original content that focuses on improving the democratic process of elections. Articles and headlines contain moderately loaded language such as this Pennsylvania may decide the election, but has to decide many rules first. This story is properly sourced to local accounts. In another related story, Trump campaign sues Pennsylvania over easier absentee voting they utilize emotional language to frame President Trump negatively such as this “President Trump is taking his crusade against voting by mail to a new level.”
Editorially, The Fulcrum does not disclose that they report from a liberal perspective, however, most stories and positions favor the left such as this: How Trump is turning the American presidency into a dictatorship and this Why not allow us to use whatever polling place we find most convenient? Finally, The Fulcrum is opposed to Citizens United, which some claim gives corporations personhood in the election process, Amendment to nullify Citizens United finally gets air time in the House. In general, the news is reported is factually from a liberal perspective, however, they do not disclose their partisanship on the website.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate The Fulcrum strongly Left-Center Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual, rather than High due to a lack of transparency in their mission statement that does not disclose their liberal perspective. (D. Van Zandt 10/18/2020)
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