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 Progressive Left Biased based on editorial positions that favor progressive-liberal causes. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
The Progressive is an American monthly magazine of politics, culture, and progressivism with a pronounced liberal perspective. Founded in 1909 by Senator Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette, it was originally called La Follette’s Weekly and then simply La Follette’s. In 1929, it was recapitalized and had its name changed to The Progressive. The current editor is Bill Lueders.
Funded by / Ownership
The magazine and website are owned by Progressive Inc., based in Madison Wisconsin. Revenue is derived through donations and subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Progressive is a magazine and website known for promoting pacifism and resistance to corporate power in the fight to protect democracy. It supports civil rights and civil liberties, gender equality, immigrant rights, labor rights, environmentalism, criminal justice reform, and democratic reform. Headlines and articles utilize moderate loaded language such as this: How the International Media Greenlights Israeli Aggression Toward Palestine. This story like all reviewed is properly sourced to credible media outlets such as the New York Times, NBC News, and France 24.
Editorially, as described above, they tend to favor the progressive wing of the Democratic Party such as Bernie Sanders, while reporting negatively on conservatives and President Trump. In general, The Progressive reports news factually with proper sourcing, while promoting progressive left editorial positions.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate The Progressive Left Biased based on editorial positions that favor progressive-liberal causes. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (5/15/2016) Update (D. Van Zandt 11/28/2019)