Last updated on July 22nd, 2021 at 04:26 pm
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 information that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Left Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate WhoWhatWhy Left Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual due to the promotion of pseudoscience and stories that sometimes have limited sourcing.
Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: USA (44/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
WhoWhatWhy is an investigative journalism website run by award-winning journalist Russ Baker. According to their about page, “He started WhoWhatWhy to provide trustworthy journalism that informs and deepens our understanding of our world.” They state their mission as “WhoWhatWhy is a global nonprofit news organization committed to reporting without corporate pressure, political agenda, or a pack mentality. Our work involves digging deep for meaningful answers — with responsible fearlessness.”
Funded by / Ownership
WhoWhatWhy is a nonprofit that is funded through donations. They do not disclose donors on the website.
Analysis / Bias
WhoWhatWhy publishes news and journalism in the following categories: politics, justice, economy, science, culture, and opinion. The website also hosts podcasts and videos. Articles and headlines sometimes use moderately emotional language such as this Why Cuomo’s New Judge Has New York Progressives Fuming. While this story is well written and detailed, the only source is a video news story from a local NYC outlet.
Story selection favors the progressive left such as this The Money Movement Exposes Fossil Fuel Financing. Op-eds strongly favor the left with stories such as Biden Must Clean Up the Trump Pardons. The website also publishes cartoons that usually mock the GOP and former president Trump such as this Al-Qaeda Would Have Loved a Champion Like the GOP. When it comes to science, they support the consensus on climate change but frequently promote anti-GMO propaganda such as this Why Is the EPA Delaying Release of Glyphosate Information? In general, most news stories are fact-based and hold a left-leaning bias; however, they sometimes publish articles that promote pseudoscience.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate WhoWhatWhy Left Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual due to the promotion of pseudoscience and stories that sometimes have limited sourcing. (M. Huitsing 7/26/2017) Updated (7/22/2021)