These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appeals 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 the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker as least biased based on minimal editorializing of content. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Launched in 2017, the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker is a website that catalogs Press Freedom incidents in the United States. According to their about page, “The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker is a nonpartisan news website and database providing reliable and contextualized information on the number of press freedom violations in the United States — from journalists facing charges to reporters assaulted or stopped at the U.S. border and asked to hand over their electronics.”
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Funded by / Ownership
The Freedom of the Press Foundation and the Committee to Protect Journalists own and publishes the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker. Donations to the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, fund the website.
Analysis / Bias
The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker provides a searchable incident database that includes arrests, assaults, denial of access, equipment damage/seizures, and legal orders. They also have an “other” category that “falls outside the scope of other categories but reaches a threshold of concern as determined by editorial discretion.”
For example, when searching for journalists who were assaulted, it lists all the news stories related to the event, such as this Journalist harassed, shoved while covering protest in Texas. Like many on the site, this incident is reported by the journalist involved. Others are reported by other media outlets.
The website also features a blog that highlights facts about threats to press freedom, such as this In 2022, 15 journalists arrested; more face charges, and Supreme Court ruling limits paths for journalists to hold federal officers accountable. This story is properly sourced from credible sources like the New York Times and SupremeCourt.gov. In general, the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker is evidence-based and minimally biased in reporting.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker as least biased based on minimal editorializing of content. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (D. Van Zandt 12/29/2023)
Last Updated on January 29, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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