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 National Memo Left Biased based on story selection that always favors the left and Mostly Factual for reporting, rather than High due to poor sourcing techniques on some articles and a lack of transparency with ownership.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
The National Memo is an American online news site and newsletter. Founded in 2011 by award-winning journalist and editor Joe Conason, features daily breaking news and commentary as well as analysis from America’s top progressive thinkers. With a focus on American politics, The National Memo also covers world news and events, consumer finance, health, travel and entertainment. According to their about page “The National Memo is a political newsletter and website that combines the spirit of investigative journalism with new technology and ideas. We cover campaigns, elections, the White House, Congress, and the world with a fresh outlook.”
Funded by / Ownership
The National Memo does not clearly state who owns the website, however it is assumed Joe Conason is the owner as he is also the founder. Revenue is derived through advertising, sponsored content and a store that sells merchandise.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The National Memo publishes news and opinion geared toward a progressive liberal audience. There is often use of moderately loaded emotional language in headlines and articles such as this: Mitch McConnell Piously Urges ‘Civility’ In Politics. This article is republished from the American Independent Institute, which we have rated left biased. In another article that demonstrates loaded emotional language, Sean Spicer Is Still Defending The Indefensible, there is a complete lack of sourcing. Therefore, National Memo sometimes sources information properly, but not on every article.
Editorially, all stories favor the left and often denigrate the right such as this: Conservatives May Soon Run Out Of Values To Defile. In general, stories are fact based and mostly sourced properly, however, not always, while editorial positions always favor the left.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate National Memo Left Biased based on story selection that always favors the left and Mostly Factual for reporting, rather than High due to poor sourcing techniques on some articles and a lack of transparency with ownership. (D. Van Zandt 3/11/2017) Update (11/28/2019)