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.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
American sports columnist, author, podcaster and former HBO and ESPN sports personality Bill Simmons, founded The Ringer in 2016. The Ringer is a sports, pop culture and tech website. They also produce podcasts and documentaries that hosts athletes, filmmakers, comedians, and pop culture figures. The Editor-in-Chief is Sean Fennessey. The Ringer’s podcast network covers both sports and pop culture that includes the Bill Simmon’s Podcast, The J.J. Redick Podcast, The Dave Chang Show and more.
Funded by / Ownership
The Simmons Media Group runs The Ringer and Bill Simmons owns the Simmons Media Group. When first launched, The Ringer was published in partnership with Medium and according to a Washington Post article, HBO was an initial investor. In 2017, according to a New York Times article, The Ringer entered into a partnership agreement with Vox Media. The Ringer will be hosted on Vox Media’s platform, while maintaining editorial independence. Further, CNBC reports that according to the agreement between the two companies, Vox will start selling ads for The Ringer and the two companies will share those revenues. Vox will also start directing traffic toward The Ringer from their sports platform, SB Nation, which had “19 million monthly unique visitors in May.”
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Ringer occasionally publishes news and commentary related to politics, which is what we will cover for this review.
The Ringer uses moderately loaded words in their headlines such as this: Senator Tim Kaine on President Trump’s Failures on Immigration. In another article titled: “Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un, and the Art of the Raw Deal” , there is loaded language used in the body of the article “The president may have made major diplomatic strides in Singapore while almost simultaneously insulting our closest allies. Is Trump trolling the world?” When it comes to sourcing, The Ringer usually uses credible sources such as the Washington Post, CNN, AP News , The Hill, and the Wall Street Journal. In general, most political stories favor the left, while being critical of the right.
A factual search reveals The Ringer has never failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate The Ringer Left-Center biased based on story selection that favors the left and High for factual reporting due to the use of credible sources. (M. Huitsing 6/22/2018)