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 Intellectualist Left Biased based on story selection that consistently favors the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a couple failed fact check as well as the use of misleading headlines that do entirely match the story.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
The Intellectualist is a left leaning news aggregation website and discussion group. According to their about page “The Intellectualist is an online publisher that covers politics, science, feminism, and secularism.” They are a part of the theMaven Network, which hosts numerous left leaning websites and groups.
Funded by / Ownership
The Intellectualist is owned and published through theMaven Network, which is owned by digital veteran James Heckman. The website generates revenue through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Intellectualist publishes summaries or partial text of news articles and then links to the full story. Most stories come from least biased and left leaning sources such as the New York Times and Reuters. Story selection significantly favors the left with many stories negative toward the right such as this: DeVos: I Am Pro-Freedom, That’s Why I Discriminate Against People Not Like Me. This story comes from the Detroit Free Press with a much different title that is not biased: Betsy DeVos: It’s not about me, it’s about students. In general, the news aggregated on this website is left biased.
A factual search reveals two failed fact checks by IFCN fact checkers.
- Fake News: Donald Trump Did NOT Say “If The U.S. Converts To Wind Power, We’ll Run Out Of Wind” – False
- Under the House Republican health plan, sexual assault is a pre-existing condition – Mostly False
Overall, we rate The Intellectualist Left Biased based on story selection that consistently favors the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a couple failed fact check as well as the use of misleading headlines that do entirely match the story. (D. Van Zandt 3/9/2017) Updated (2/12/2020)