- Overall, we rate the Wisconsin Examiner Left Biased based on editorial positions that routinely favor the left. We also rate them High in factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
The Wisconsin Examiner is an online news website from Wisconsin. Their about statement reads, “The Wisconsin Examiner is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news site offering a fresh perspective on politics and policy in our state. As the largest news bureau covering state government in Madison, the Examiner offers investigative reporting and daily coverage dedicated to the public interest.”
Funded by / Ownership
According to their about page, the Wisconsin Examiner is part of States Newsroom, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by grants and a coalition of donors and readers. States Newsroom publishes 28 other publications. The Wisconsin Examiner is transparent as they link to the States Newsroom donors page. Initially, when they launched, they got fiscal sponsorship from the Hopewell Foundation; however, once the IRS approved their application for 501(c)(3) charity certification, they severed their ties with Hopewell Foundation. There has been criticism of their involvement with the Hopewell Foundation, and they have responded to the criticism here.
Analysis / Bias
The Wisconsin Examiner publishes original news reporting on politics and policy from Wisconsin. Coverage focuses on the legislature, the environment, and how national policy affects the people of Wisconsin. Articles and headlines promote liberal perspectives through moderate, loaded language Public lands near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters withdrawn from federal mining leases.
Editorially, opinion pieces favor the left, such as this What’s in the air? Climate activists in Beloit decide to look for themselves. On the issues, the Wisconsin Examiner promotes LGBT equality and has concerns about climate change. Finally, they frequently report negatively on Republican politicians, such as this What will Wisconsin Republicans do after Spindell spilled the beans on suppressing Black votes? The Wisconsin Examiner generally reports news factually; however, story selection and op-eds strongly favor a liberal perspective.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the Wisconsin Examiner Left Biased based on editorial positions that routinely favor the left. We also rate them High in factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean check record. (M. Huitsing 01/30/2023)
Last Updated on July 1, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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