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 Motley Fool Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that slightly lean left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a long track record of publishing objective, factual information.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1993 by brothers David and Tom Gardner, and Erik Rydholm, The Motley Fool is a website that publishes financial news for the layman investor. According to their about page “The Motley Fool’s purpose is to make the world smarter, happier, and richer. While other companies may make you smarter, happier, or richer, we aim to do all three by providing outstanding business and investing advice — with a decidedly Foolish bent.”
Funded by / Ownership
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Analysis / Bias
In review, the website publishes podcasts as well as financial news that is geared toward the average investor. Articles and headlines sometimes use emotional/sensational wording such as this Retirees Have Shockingly Little Retirement Savings, Data Shows. This story is properly sourced. Besides news and investment advice the website also provides a wealth of data and analysis on the financial markets.
Editorially, The Motley Fool reports on politics only when it pertains to the economy. A review of articles indicates that they do not always have a favorable view of President Trump’s policy such as this Trump Could Kill Social Security in 2.5 Years With This Proposal. However, when reporting on Democratic Nominee Joe Biden they use a more neutral tone such as this: 12 Tax Changes Joe Biden Wants to Make. In general, the news is factual with a slight left-leaning bias as evidenced by the use of negative language used to describe the current Republican President’s Policy.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate The Motley Fool Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that slightly lean left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a long track record of publishing objective, factual information. (D. Van Zandt 9/6/2020)