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Daily Source Bias Check: Economic Policy Institute - Left Center - High Factual - Media Bias/Fact Check
LEFT-CENTER BIAS
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 the Economic Policy Institute Left-Center Biased based on economic positions that favor liberal policies. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Detailed Report
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: USA
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
History
The Economic Policy Institute is a left leaning American think tank based in Washington, D.C. that carries out economic research and analyzes the economic impact of policies and proposals. The EPI describes itself as a non-partisan think tank that “seeks to include the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions”. It is affiliated with the labor movement, and is usually described as presenting a liberal viewpoint on public policy issues.
Funded by / Ownership
The Economic Policy Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. According to EPI, about 29% of its funding between 2005 and 2009 was supplied by labor unions and about 53% came from foundation grants.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Economic Policy Institute has a left leaning bias through political affiliation with labor and re-distributive economic policy. They report all information with proper sourcing and are generally factual. News headlines are typically low biased in wording such as this Government programs kept tens of millions out of poverty in 2018. Editorially, EPI is not fan of President Trump’s economic policies Wage growth is being held back by political decisions and the Trump administration is on the wrong side of key debates, while reporting favorably on Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders On Immigration, Bernie Sanders is Correct. 
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check. In fact, they are used as a credible source by IFCN fact checkers.
Overall, we rate the Economic Policy Institute Left-Center Biased based on economic positions that favor liberal policies. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 7/19/2017) Update (9/15/2019)
Source: https://www.epi.org
bias  news  factcheck  economics  gov2.0  liberal  media 
7 days ago by rgl7194
Daily Source Bias Check: Smithsonian Magazine -Pro Science - Very High Factual - Media Bias/Fact Check
PRO-SCIENCE
These sources consist of legitimate science or are evidence based through the use of credible scientific sourcing.  Legitimate science follows the scientific method, is unbiased and does not use emotional words.  These sources also respect the consensus of experts in the given scientific field and strive to publish peer reviewed science. Some sources in this category may have a slight political bias, but adhere to scientific principles. See all Pro-Science sources.
Overall, we rate Smithsonian Magazine a Pro-Science source based on publishing research based information on science. We also rate them Very High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing to credible research and a clean fact check record.
Detailed Report
Factual Reporting: VERY HIGH
Country: USA
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
History
Smithsonian Magazine is the official journal published by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The first issue was published in 1970.  Smithsonian magazine and Smithsonian.com provides in-depth analysis of varied topics within a diverse range of scientific areas. The current editor is Michael Caruso.
Funded by / Ownership
Smithsonian Magazine is owned and published by the Smithsonian Institution, which is a group of museums and research centers administered by the Government of the United States. The Smithsonian Institution is funded through a variety of avenues with two-thirds coming from annual federal appropriations. Other funding comes from the Institution’s endowment, private and corporate contributions, membership dues, and earned retail, concession, and licensing revenue. 
Analysis / Bias
In review, the website contains select stories from the print magazine and original web only content. Smithsonian.com covers history, hard science, popular science, nature and technology. Articles are typically sourced to research and generally are low in bias such as this: This Solar-Powered Dehydrator Could Help Small Farmers Reduce Food Waste. The Smithsonian typically steers away from politics and only reports when it relates to science such as this: Trump Administration Overhauls How the Endangered Species Act Is Enforced. Further, they also promote the consensus of science on Climate Change and GMO’s. 
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Smithsonian Magazine a Pro-Science source based on publishing research based information on science. We also rate them Very High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing to credible research and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 8/20/2016) Updated (10/3/2019)
Source: https://www.smithsonianmag.com
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11 days ago by rgl7194
Daily Source Bias Check: CNET - Least Biased - High Factual - Media Bias/Fact Check
LEAST BIASED
These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes).  The reporting is factual and usually sourced.  These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
Overall, we rate CNET Least Biased based on publication of straightforward news without editorial bias. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and clean fact check record.
Detailed Report
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: USA
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
History
Founded in 1994, CNET is an American media website that publishes reviews, news, articles, blogs, podcasts and videos on technology and consumer electronics. The current editors are Lindsey Turrentine and Connie Guglielmo.
Funded by / Ownership
CNET is owned by CBS Interactive, which is an American media company and is a division of the CBS Corporation. It is an online content network for information and entertainment. Its websites cover news, sports, entertainment, technology, and business. The website generates revenue through online advertising and sales of their quarterly print magazine.
Analysis / Bias
In review, CNET could easily fall into our Pro-Science category as most content is related to tech or science and is factual. While their forte is the massive library of free and pay software and apps available for download, there’s a lot more to CNET as well. They report on science news, new technology, consumer electronics, cars, smart home gadgets, and produce tech related videos and podcasts as well. There’s also an extensive how-to section for getting the most out of your electronics, and a deals section for finding the best stuff at the best price.
While CNET doesn’t often report on politics, they do when it pertains to their genre. For example, in this article regarding Trump and a tech company, they utilize minimally loaded language and source properly: Trump reiterates Huawei as ‘national security threat’. CNET typically does not take editorial positions, but rather just publishes information when it pertains to politics.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate CNET Least Biased based on publication of straightforward news without editorial bias. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and clean fact check record. (D. Kelley 2/23/2017) Updated (9/12/2019)
Source: https://www.cnet.com/
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12 days ago by rgl7194
Daily Source Bias Check: Harvard Business Review - Least Biased - High Factual - Media Bias/Fact Check
LEAST BIASED
These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes).  The reporting is factual and usually sourced.  These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
Overall, we rate Harvard Business Review Least Biased based on balanced story selection and editorial positions that only slightly lean left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Detailed Report
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: USA
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
History
Harvard Business Review (HBR) is a general management magazine published by Harvard Business Publishing. HBR is published six times a year and is headquartered in Watertown, Massachusetts. HBR‘s articles cover a wide range of topics that are relevant to various industries, management functions, and geographic locations. These focus on areas including leadership, organizational change, negotiation, strategy, operations, marketing, finance, and managing people.
Funded by / Ownership
Harvard Business review is published by Harvard Business Publishing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Harvard University. HBR is funded through advertising and subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Harvard Business Review mostly covers business news, however they also cover the political aspects of business. In this regard they present information with low bias and minimal use of loaded words. Harvard Business Review sources all information in their articles to credible media sources.
Editorially, HBR leans very slightly left with articles such as this: Renewable Energy, Climate Change, and Technology. In general, information is presented with low bias and proper sourcing.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Harvard Business Review Least Biased based on balanced story selection and editorial positions that only slightly lean left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 2/8/2018) Updated (9/21/2019)
Source: https://hbr.org
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17 days ago by rgl7194
Democrats' impeachment framework takes shape with Pelosi's 'fact sheet'
As House Democrats zero in on abuse of power as their main article of impeachment, Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a "fact sheet" outlining Democrats' framework for explaining the impeachment case against Donald Trump to the American people.
"President Trump has betrayed his oath of office, betrayed our national security and betrayed the integrity of our elections for his own personal political gain," the document states, according to The Hill. The fact sheet includes three categories—the shakedown, the pressure campaign, and the cover-up—that pertain to the role Trump and several of his top officials played in attempting to extort Ukraine and then cover their tracks.
The shakedown is focused entirely on the contents of Trump's July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, citing his now infamous ask of Zelensky, "I would like you to do us a favor though."
The pressure campaign details the players that worked to help Trump advance his "scheme to undermine our 2020 elections" to his advantage. The fact sheet notably asserts that "Vice President Pence is entangled in this scandal," as well as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Ambassadors Gordon Sondland and Kurt Volker, both of whom have testified behind closed doors. According to publicly released text messages between Sondland, Volker, and charge d’affaires for Ukraine Bill Taylor (who testifies Tuesday), Trump "waged a months-long" campaign to extort Ukraine, using a potential White House presidential visit and military aid as leverage. The section begins with Taylor's telling objection to the efforts in those text exchanges: "I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign."
The cover-up focuses on key elements of the original whistleblower complaint and the fact that they are borne out by the rough transcript of the call released by the White House. It cites the complaint calling Rudy Giuliani "a central figure" in Trump's scheme and suggesting that Attorney General William Barr might also be involved. The fact sheet notes the whistleblower's concern that Trump's actions "pose risks to U.S. national security" and undermine the government's efforts to secure the 2020 elections. This section also mentions the efforts of senior White House officials to "lock down" all records of the phone call by putting them on a special electronic system normally reserved for highly-sensitive information.
By placing most of their focus on Trump’s Ukraine scandal, Democrats hope to simplify the corruption narrative for the American public. But by making abuse of power their main article of impeachment, observers say, they’re trying to wedge Republicans into a tight spot. Former Florida Republican David Jolly told MSNBC Monday that he found it difficult to believe that someone like Utah Sen. Mitt Romney would be able to vote against that article. Former Justice Department spokesperson Matt Miller agreed.
“They're not playing for impeachment,” Miller said of Democrats, “they're playing for removal from office.”
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Fact Check: Can the President Request Information or an Investigation under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty? - Media Bias/Fact Check
Over the last two weeks there has been many questions raised regarding the legality of President Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. According to the transcript of the phone call, President Trump asked President Zelenskiy to investigate Hunter and Joe Biden. Hunter is the son of Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden. This phone call has led to an impeachment inquiry that is ongoing as of this writing.

After the phone call transcript was published, some news organizations and political pundits have opined that the President has the right to make this request under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty, signed with the Ukraine in 1998 by the Clinton Administration. Quite simply, the treaty allows the free flow of information between countries, regarding criminal investigations. Each country is obliged to provide information to the other along a set of guidelines laid out in the treaty. The United States has signed this treaty with numerous countries around the world.

The purpose of this fact check is not to determine if the President did anything illegal or wrong, but rather if he is protected under this specific treaty as some have claimed.

Claim: President Trump has the right to ask for information or an investigation from the Ukraine and he is protected by the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty.
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5 weeks ago by aarontay
Want A Better Economy? History Says Vote Democrat!
There was a time, before primaries, when each party's platform was really important.  Voters didn't pick a candidate, the party did.  Then voters read what policies the party planned to implement should it control the executive branch, and possibly a legislative majority. It was the policies that drew the most attention - not the candidates.
Digging deeper today than shortened debate-level headlines, there is a considerable difference in the recommended economic policies of the two dominant parties.
The common viewpoint is that Republicans are good for business, which is good for the economy.  Republican policies - and the more Adam Smith, invisible hand, limited regulation, lassaiz faire the better - are expected to create a robust, healthy, growing economy.  Meanwhile, the common view of Democrat policies is that they too heavily favor regulation and higher taxes which are economy killers.
gov2.0  politics  economics  Dems  history  factcheck 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Daily Source Bias Check: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - Media Bias/Fact Check
PRO-SCIENCE
These sources consist of legitimate science or are evidence based through the use of credible scientific sourcing.  Legitimate science follows the scientific method, is unbiased and does not use emotional words.  These sources also respect the consensus of experts in the given scientific field and strive to publish peer reviewed science. Some sources in this category may have a slight political bias, but adhere to scientific principles. See all Pro-Science sources.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Opinion | Donald Trump vs. the United States of America - The New York Times
Sometimes it’s worth stepping back to look at the full picture.
He has pressured a foreign leader to interfere in the 2020 American presidential election.
He urged a foreign country to intervene in the 2016 presidential election.
He divulged classified information to foreign officials.
He publicly undermined American intelligence agents while standing next to a hostile foreign autocrat.
He hired a national security adviser who he knew had secretly worked as a foreign lobbyist.
He encourages foreign leaders to enrich him and his family by staying at his hotels.
He genuflects to murderous dictators.
He has alienated America’s closest allies.
He lied to the American people about his company’s business dealings in Russia.
He tells new lies virtually every week — about the economy, voter fraud, even the weather.
He spends hours on end watching television and days on end staying at resorts.
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6 weeks ago by rgl7194
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