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 Intercept progressive Left Biased based on story selection that favors the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing.
Factual Reporting: HIGH Country: USA World Press Freedom Index: USA 45/180
Launched in 2014 by First Look Media, The Intercept is a news organization that covers national security, digital privacy, government secrets, politics, civil liberties, the environment, international affairs, technology and more. The Intercept was founded by former Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald, documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, and former Nation writer Jeremy Scahill.
The Intercept’s long term mission is “to provide aggressive and independent adversarial journalism across a wide range of issues, from secrecy, criminal and civil justice abuses and civil liberties violations to media conduct, societal inequality and all forms of financial and political corruption.”
Funded by / Ownership
The Intercept is funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s media company, First Look Media, a non-profit media organization focused on entertainment studio, consumer businesses, and journalism. Omidyar initially committed $250 million and continues to support it through First Look Media. First Look Media’s other brands include Topic, Field of Vision and the Nib. The Intercept also recieves reader donations.
Analysis / Bias
The Intercept has been criticized by both Republicans and Democrats such as this New Yorker article that reads “Greenwald’s focus on “deep state” depredations has exiled him from MSNBC but has given him a place on Fox News.” Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald has criticized MSNBC host Rachel Maddow for turning into an “utterly scripted, intellectually dishonest, partisan hack.” Greenwald says these criticism have led to an end of his appearances on MSNBC. Greenwald often criticized left leaning media coverage of Trump-Russia collusion, namely CNN, MSNBC and CBS,arguingthat “very little evidence supported the idea that Moscow was hot for Donald.” However, The Intercept is harshly critical of both Donald Trump and right wing policies with articles such as this: Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Culmination of War on Terror Mentality but Still Uniquely Shameful.
In general, The Intercept provides indepth investigative stories that are sensational in nature. Most stories are critical of the right-left establishment and lean strongly progressive left in ideology.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check, however in 2016 they fired Juan Thompson for fabricating quotes and establishing email accounts to trick editors. The Intercept reported: “Thompson admitted to creating fake email accounts and fabricating messages, but stood by his published work. He did not cooperate in the review,”
Overall, we rate The Intercept progressive Left Biased based on story selection that favors the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing. (5/18/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 12/22/2018)