These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward liberal causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Left Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate Washington Babylon Left Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the progressive 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
Launched in 2016, Washington Babylon is a tabloid that focuses on political gossip, inside scoops as well as investigative journalism. Ken Silverstein is the editor-in-chief for The Washington Babylon, Silverstein was also Washington editor for Harper’s Magazine. Washington Babylon is named after his previous column at Harper’s. Silverstein said his goal for Washington Babylon is “Basically it’s a political and gossip tabloid that’s going to cover DC politicians and journalists like Hollywood celebrities — not the way they are worshiped by our current media masters.”
Funded by / Ownership
Washington Babylon is owned by Ken Silverstein and is funded via online advertising and donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, while progressive in outlook, the site is critical of both Republicans and Democrats alike such as in this example where the Washington Babylon criticizes both sides: “In short, Hillary was chasing a buck, not selling out her country — which is exactly what Donald Trump has been doing as a global businessman all these years (before becoming president, where he is seeking to maximize Trump family profits now and in the future). Neither is a spy or agent for Russia, Saudi Arabia or even Norway — they are just classic fraudsters, grifters and financial con artists.” The Washington Babylon uses loaded words in their headlines and more stories overall, favor the keft. All information on this website is well sourced to credible media such as the New York Times and Politico.
In general, the Washington Babylon reports negatively on establishment/corporately funded candidates, while reporting positively on candidates such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders: Would Democratic Donors Prefer to Lose to Trump Than Win With Sanders?
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Washington Babylon Left Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the progressive left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 11/9/2017) Updated (09/03/2020)