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.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Wired Magazine, based in San Francisco, California was launched in 1993 by avid libertarian Louis Rossetto and Jane Metcalfe, his partner in business and life. Wired covers the tech industry such as internet and digital culture, science and security. In 1998, Louis Rossetto and Jane Metcalfe sold Wired Magazine to Conde Nast, a unit of Advance Publications Inc. for about $80 million. Former editor of the New Yorker, Nicholas Thompson was named editor in chief of Wired in 2017. Thompson is also a contributor for CBS News and regularly appears on CBS This Morning and CBSN. He is a co-founder of The Atavist.
Funded by / Ownership
Advance Publication subsidiary Condé Nast Inc. is the current owner of Wired Magazine. Wired’s business model is primarily built on advertising. However, since January 2018, Wired, like other Condé Nast publications, is subscription based, which allows subscribers unlimited access without display advertising. All readers have access to the homepage, section front pages, and four articles per month at no charge before being asked to subscribe.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Wired publishes magazine stories, news analysis, and web stories with a focus on technology. In doing so, they utilize emotive language both in their headlines and body of articles such as “Here’s how facebook actually won Trump the presidency.” Wired also reports on political issues that are related to the tech industry. For example, editor in chief Nicholas Thompson mentions in an interview, Wired’s position on Net Neutrality and why they report on it. We examined one of those articles “Kavanaugh On The Supreme Court Could Spell Trouble For Tech”, which favors a left leaning viewpoint on the subject.
When it comes to sourcing, Wired typically utilizes credible sources such as cadc.uscourts.gov, Associated Press, Military.com, New York Times, Bloomberg, and US News and World Report. Wired also publishes pro-science articles such as “The Complexity of Simply Searching For Medical Advice” and utilizes pro-science sources such as PubMed and the CDC.
Overall, we rate Wired Left-Center biased in wording and report choices and factually high due to proper sourcing. (5/18/2016) Updated (7/12/2018 M. Huitsing)