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.
- Overall, we rate TomDispatch Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. 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
Thomas M. “Tom” Engelhardt is an American writer and editor. He is the creator of Type Media Center’s tomdispatch.com, an online blog. He is also the co-founder of the American Empire Project and the author of the 1998 book, The End of Victory Culture: Cold War America and the Disillusioning of a Generation. According to their about page “Tomdispatch is intended to introduce readers to voices and perspectives from elsewhere (even when the elsewhere is here). Its mission is to connect some of the global dots regularly left unconnected by the mainstream media and to offer a clearer sense of how this imperial globe of ours actually works.”
Funded by / Ownership
The website is published through the Type Media Center, which is a nonprofit organization that is funded by donations. Type Media Center fellows have included Naomi Klein, Wayne Barrett, Chris Hedges, David Moberg, Jeremy Scahill, and Chris Hayes. Revenue is derived through the sale of Tom’s books and donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, TomDispatch produces high-quality journalism that often uses moderate emotional wording. Many stories focus on opposition to war such as this What If, After 9/11, George W. Bush Had Thrown Parties? Editorially, they align with the left though concern for climate change, equal rights, and negative reporting on conservatives and the Trump administration such as this Tomgram: Rajan Menon, The Nightmare That Joe Could Inherit. When it comes to sourcing they use credible sources such as New York Times, BBC, and Washington Post. In general, they report factually and with a moderate left-leaning bias.
Failed Fact Checks
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Overall, we rate TomDispatch Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 12/4/2016) Updated (12/25/2020)