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- Overall, we rate Thought Catalog a Moderate Pseudoscience website based on the promotion of astrology, miracles, and alternative health. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to publishing unproven information, poor sourcing, and a failed fact check.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2010, Thought Catalog is a website that includes listicles, essays, and think pieces that sometimes pertain to pseudoscience. The website was founded by American entrepreneur and media strategist Chris Lavergne.
Funded by / Ownership
Thought Catalog is owned by The Thought & Expression Company LLC, which claims to be “the premier media conglomerate of the millennial generation.” Revenue is derived from sponsored content and advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Thought Catalog claims they are a place for “thoughtful storytelling.” The website’s content primarily focuses on relationships, beauty tips, mental health, astrology, and creepy entertainment. Stories are often written with attention-grabbing headlines with many providing information in list form such as this: 10 Things People Don’t Realize You’re Doing Because You Have An Invisible Illness. Like most, this story is written in the first-person format and does not contain a single source link to validate the information. In another story, This Is How You Heal Your Deepest Trauma And Finally Start To Live Your Life Again, there is again zero sourcing to support claims.
Thought Catalog also frequently promotes pseudoscience such as Astrology: What You’ve Been Doing Vs. What You Need To Do To Move On Based On Your Zodiac Sign and promoting miracles 10 People Who’ve Experienced A Real Miracle Explain Exactly What Happened.
Politically, Thought Catalog presents a negative view toward the Trump administration: A glimpse into the psyche of Donald Trump from Off-Air Fox News Excerpts.
Failed Fact Checks
- Doctors concluded that a large spider made its way into a woman’s uterus after it got stuck inside her tampon. – False
Overall, we rate Thought Catalog a Moderate Pseudoscience website based on the promotion of astrology, miracles, and alternative health. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to publishing unproven information, poor sourcing, and a failed fact check. (D. Van Zandt 2/7/2020)