Last updated on October 22nd, 2021 at 09:25 am
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 platform where insiders and outsiders to politics are informed, meet, talk, and act to repair our democracy and make it live and work in our everyday lives.” The current co-publishers are David L. Nevins and Debilyn Molineaux; they are also co-founders of the Bridge Alliance. The Bridge Alliance promotes civic engagement and healthy democratic practice through five principles: Embracing our differences, Collaboration, Citizen Voice, Solutions, and Open-mindedness.
Funded by / Ownership
The Bridge Alliance Education Fund publishes and funds The Fulcrum. The website is transparent in its funding “Founding funds were provided by: 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. We are also beneficiaries of the federal Paycheck Protection Program.” Donations to the Bridge Alliance Education Fund generate revenue.
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 correctly sourced to local accounts. In another related story, Trump campaign sues Pennsylvania over easier absentee voting; they utilize emotional language to frame former President Trump negatively, such as this “President Trump is taking his crusade against voting by mail to a new level.”
Editorially, The Fulcrum publishes stories and positions that favor a liberal perspective 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 Fulcrum produces fact-based content from a strong left-center perspective.
Failed Fact Checks
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Overall, we rate The Fulcrum strongly Left-Center Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that 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 10/18/2020) Updated (10/22/2021)