The Nevada Independent – Bias and Credibility

Nevada Independent - Least Biased - Credible - ReliableFactual Reporting: High - Credible - Reliable


These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using an appeal to emotion or stereotypes).  The reporting is factual and usually sourced.  These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.

  • Overall, we rate The Nevada Independent Least Biased based on a reasonably balanced editorial page and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information.

Detailed Report

Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: USA
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic


According to their about page, “The Nevada Independent is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news and opinion website founded in 2017 by veteran political journalist and commentator Jon Ralston. The site and its supporting channels are focused on ethical, unbiased, and transparent journalism. In general, we aim to gather and disseminate important public information and increase civic engagement.” Jon Ralston has been a political journalist and commentator covering Nevada Politics for over 30 years. His resume includes a talk show on PBS, local TV and Radio, and writing for Politico. The website is also available in Spanish.

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Funded by / Ownership

Jon Ralston is the founder, editor, and managing director. The website operates as a project of Nevada News Bureau, Inc. which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a governing board of five directors. The Nevada Independent provides a full disclosure list of every single donor.

Analysis / Bias

In review, The Nevada Independent primarily reports on issues and politics for the state of Nevada. There is minimal use of loaded language in news headlines such as this: Former deputy files another lawsuit against embattled Storey County sheriff. Information within articles is always sourced and in the case of the article listed above, it is sourced to court documents. Story selection tends to favor the left, with some articles favoring left-leaning political positions such as clean energy and pro-immigration. However, most of these reports provide some balance through counterpoints.

Opinion pieces also tend to slightly favor the left and do utilize loaded words such as this: “Talk about nonsense personified. But that’s Nevada’s Republican Party in the time of Trump. Not so long ago, a man who made a living running a stable of prostitutes might have thanked his lucky stars he was a pimp in one of the few places in America that it’s legal. But having pledged blind loyalty to the erratic charlatan in the White House, anything goes.”

They also provide balance by having conservative-leaning op-eds such as this: Background checks and the danger of absurd political expectations. In general, news reporting is balanced, with editorials slightly leaning left in the number.

Failed Fact Checks

  • None in the Last 5 years

Overall, we rate The Nevada Independent Least Biased based on a reasonably balanced editorial page and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information. (D. Van Zandt 9/11/2018) Updated (01/23/2023)


Last Updated on July 1, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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