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 WAMU Left-Center Biased based on opinion pieces that slightly favors 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
Founded in 1951, WAMU-FM is a National Public Radio (NPR) station broadcasting from Washington, DC. WAMU has been the primary National Public Radio member station for Washington since 2007. WAMU.org is the official website that publishes news and programming information for DC and the surrounding area.
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Funded by / Ownership
WAMU is owned by American University and is funded through donations, grants, and sponsorships. American University also owns the website DCist.com.
Analysis / Bias
In review, WAMU.org publishes news for the Washington DC area. Articles and headlines utilize minimally loaded emotional language such as this Unable To Leave The House, Some D.C. Seniors Had The Election Come To Them. WAMU also republished news from the DCist and other NPR stations. The website frequently covers politics with story selection that slightly favors the left Democrats Are Ecstatic About The Biden-Harris Win; Republicans’ Reaction Is Mixed. All information is properly sourced to interviews, local and credible media outlets.
Editorially, WAMU does not have a dedicated opinion section, however, they do label stories as opinion. Their opinion content is mostly balanced however more opinion pieces align with the left such as this Opinion: Remembering The LGBT ‘Aunts’ And ‘Uncles’ Who Helped Raise Me. In general, the news is reported factually and with a slight liberal bias through opinion pieces.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate WAMU Left-Center Biased based on opinion pieces that slightly favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 11/7/2020)
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