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- Overall, we rate the UVA Center for Politics strongly Left-Center biased based on editorial positions and story selection that moderately favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Dr. Larry Sabato is the founder and director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, which states its mission as to “educate and inspire our citizenry about practical politics and civic engagement through programs that are unique, compelling, and open-minded.” The University of Virginia Center for Politics, located in Charlottesville, Virginia, was founded in 1998 by Dr. Larry Sabato. According to their about page, they have established “annual conferences, publications, programs, and curricula to advance democracy worldwide and equip people to better understand politics and government.”
Funded by / Ownership
The University of Virginia owns the Center for Politics. When it comes to the funding, they received donations from philanthropists Martha and Bruce Karsh, who also frequently donate to Democratic candidates and causes.
Analysis / Bias
UVA Center for Politics founder Dr. Sabato is critical of Former President Donald Trump, stating, “Trump, who governed on the edge of insanity for four long years, has gone over the edge. Yet millions of people and 90%+ of GOP members of Congress, still genuflect before this false god.”Further, he holds favorable views of current President Joe Biden such as “I’m watching President-elect @JoeBiden’s press conference. It’s so refreshingly NORMAL. After 4 years of the bizarre and the disturbing, we really are going to have a return to normalcy.”
The UVA Center for Politics publishes free weekly webinars and a podcast series under Sabato’s Crystal Ball, which tracks U.S. Senate, Gubernatorial, House of Representatives, and Presidental races. In review, UVA Center for Politics publishes articles with moderately emotionally loaded wording such as “Abortion Battlefields in a Potentially Post-Roe Political World” and “Redistricting and Competition in Congressional Elections.” Articles are sourced adequately from credible sources such as Alan Guttmacher Institute, Fayetteville Observer, Associated Press, Slate, New York Times, Politifact, The USA Today, ABC News, and nrlc.org.
Editorially, most stories favor the left with positive reporting on the Democratic party, such as this Republican Sweep in Virginia Sets off Alarm Bells for Democrats and negatively on Republicans How Trump and Biden Voters View the Events of Jan. 6. In general, the Center for Politics is fact-based and holds a strong left-center editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the UVA Center for Politics strongly Left-Center biased based on editorial positions and story selection that moderately favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 03/12/2022)
Last Updated on March 12, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check