The Monthly (Australia)

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LEFT BIAS

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  • Overall, we rate The Monthly Left Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

Detailed Report

Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: Australia
World Press Freedom Rank: Australia 26/180

History

Founded in 2005 by Australian property developer and publisher Morry Schwartz, The Monthly is an Australian culture and politics magazine headquartered in Carlton, Victoria. According to its about page The Monthly focuses on “a mix of investigative reportage, critical essays, and thoughtful reviews.” The Monthly is published in print on a monthly basis as well as an online edition. Its sister publications are the Quarterly Essay and The Saturday Paper.  Currently, the Editor in Chief is Nick Feik and the publisher is Morry Schwartz. 

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Funded by / Ownership 

The Monthly is owned by Schwartz Media which is owned by Morry Schwartz. Revenue is derived through advertising/subscription, an online shop, and wine service.

Analysis / Bias

In 2020, Reporters Without Borders ranked Australia 26/180 in their Press Freedom Index, stating “Investigative journalism in danger”

The publisher Morry Schwartz describes The Monthly as “socially and politically progressive; concerned but never wet; open-minded and courageous.” The Monthly typically publishes “essays from some of Australia’s best writers and critics, which regularly run in excess of 5,000 words.”

In review, The Monthly’s news articles moderately favor the left and headlines typically utilize loaded emotional language, for instance, “Murdoch’s war on Labor”. Articles, in general, are critical of Center-Right Conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison such as this “The Devil and Scott Morrison”. Editorially, there is a strong left-leaning bias through the promotion of environmentalism such as “Death threat: Environmental protection laws do not conserve Australia’s wildlife – and government inaction means they never will” and equality for LGBTQ. When it comes to sourcing The Monthly reports original news utilizing credible sources through quotes such as The Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and The Washington Post. When covering world news, pertaining to the USA, they cover the Trump Administration with a critical tone such as this “American carnage”.  In general, The Monthly reports news factually and from a liberal perspective.

Failed Fact Checks

  • None to date

Overall, we rate The Monthly Left Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (8/17/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 8/2/2020)

Source: https://www.themonthly.com.au/

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