These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using 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 ThoughtCo Least Biased based on minimal use of loaded language and simply answering questions with evidence. We also rate them Very High for factual reporting due to excellent sourcing of information and being used to assist in fact checks
Factual Reporting: VERY HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2013, ThoughtCo is an educational website that answers questions on a large list of topics that range from science, history, religion and current issues. ThoughtCo’s articles are in-depth and look at both sides of issues using a Pro-Con method. According to their about page: “ThoughtCo is a premier reference site with a 20+ year focus on expert-created education content. We are proud to be one of the top-10 information sites, as measured by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. In 2018, ThoughtCo received a Communicator Award in the General Education category and a Davey Award in the Education category.” ThoughtCo also lists all writers and their credentials on the about page.
Funded by / Ownership
ThoughtCo is owned by Dotdash (formerly About.com), which is an American digital media company that publishes articles and videos about various subjects across categories including health, home, food, finance, tech, beauty, travel, and education. It operates brands including The Balance and Investopedia, among others. The website is funded through online advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, there isn’t any use of loaded language, and all information is very well-sourced. All topics covered are well researched and provide clear answers that are understandable for all reading levels. For example, this article, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Explained, does not use loaded language and is thoroughly sourced to credible media outlets, such as psychology journals. In general, ThoughtCo answers questions with minimal bias and evidence-based sourcing.
Overall, we rate ThoughtCo Least Biased based on minimal use of loaded language and simply answering questions with evidence. We also rate them Very High for factual reporting due to excellent sourcing of information and is used to assist in fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 2/21/2018) Updated (3/9/2020)