The Root

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The Root - Left BiasLEFT BIAS

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.

Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180


The Root is an English-language American online magazine of African-American culture launched on January 28, 2008, by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Donald E. Graham. Danielle Belton is the current editor-in-chief. 

Funded by / Ownership

The Root is owned by Gizmodo Media Group (Univision Communications). The website is funded through online advertising.

Analysis / Bias

In review, The Root publishes news and opinion stories with a focus on African-American perspective. Headlines and articles utilize moderately loaded words such as this: Bernie Sanders Takes on Unjust Cash Bail System, but Still Doesn’t Make Direct Connection to Institutional Racism. Story selection leans left with many stories on the topics of civil rights and institutional racism. The Root always sources there information to credible media sources that are typically high for factual reporting.

A factual search reveals that The Root has not failed a fact by an IFCN fact checker.

Overall, we rate The Root Left Biased based on story selection that favors the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information. (8/29/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 7/27/2018)





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