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Media Bias/Fact Check (MBFC) is a fact-checking website which indexes and ranks websites by left- or right wing bias, as well as by quality of factual reporting.

While MBFC purports to adhere to a strict methodology,[1] it has nonetheless achieved an apparently consistent track record in its ratings. Both Firefox[2] and Chrome[3] support MBFC extensions, respectively.

About the website[edit]

Contributors[edit]

According to its "About" page,[4] it was started by Dave Van Zandt, of Greensboro, North Carolina,[5] in November 2015. From the F.A.Q[6]:

Media Bias Fact Check, LLC is a Limited Liability Company owned solely by Dave Van Zandt. He also makes all final editing and publishing decisions. […] Dave Van Zandt obtained a Communications Degree before pursuing a higher degree in the sciences. Dave currently works full time in the health care industry. Dave has spent more than 20 years as an arm chair researcher on media bias and its role in political influence.

Outside of MBFC, not much more information about Van Zandt is publicly available online beyond a LinkedIn profile stating that a Dave Van Zandt is the former owner of Van Zandt Webs and studied at William Paterson University of New Jersey. Other than Van Zandt, the website has five volunteers who perform source research, writing and assist in fact checking.[6]

Methodology[edit]

According to their FAQ page, their methodology "is a simple tool that provides a general rating of bias" but it "is not a scientifically proven methodology."[6] Their methodology page contains this disclaimer:

Disclaimer: The methodology used by Media Bias Fact Check is our own. It is not a tested scientific method. It is meant as a simple guide for people to get an idea of a source's bias. Media Bias Fact Check will always review and change any factual errors when brought to our attention. We make every effort to be as factual as possible. Our goal is to have MBFC rated as least biased by our own criteria.[1]

Trusted websites[edit]

MBFC's most trusted fact checking websites[7] include:

Ratings[edit]

The following are a selection of sources rated by MBFC, sorted by quality of factual reporting.

Very high[edit]

High[edit]

Mixed[edit]

Low[edit]

Questionable sources[edit]

Reception[edit]

Predictably, MBFC has drawn ire from several of the websites that file under "Conspiracy/Pseudoscience" or "Questionable Sources" — typically, in light of their regular publication of fake news and/or general bigotry. For example, WND was rated by MBFC as having mixed factual reporting and right-wing bias.[123] WND then included MBFC in their article titled "Phony Baloney: The 9 Fakest Fake-News Checkers".[191] Zero Hedge, a website rated as conspiracy-pseudoscience,[192] posted the same article on their website.[193] Media Fact Watch[note 1] wrote their own negative article about about fact checkers which also included MBFC.[194]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/methodology/
  2. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/media-bias-fact-check-icon/?src=search
  3. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/official-media-bias-fact/hdcpibgmmcnpjmmenengjgkkfohahegk?hl=en-US
  4. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/about/
  5. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/contact/
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/frequently-asked-questions/
  7. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/fact-check-resources/
  8. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/ballotpedia/
  9. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/bbc/
  10. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/center-for-inquiry/
  11. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/committee-for-skeptical-inquiry/
  12. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/doubtful-news/
  13. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/factcheck/
  14. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/factscan/
  15. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/hoax-slayer/
  16. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/nasa/
  17. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/national-center-for-science-education-ncse/
  18. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/nature/
  19. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/new-scientist/
  20. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/politifact/
  21. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/quackwatch/
  22. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/science-based-medicine/
  23. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/tax-foundation/
  24. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-skeptics-dictionary/
  25. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/skeptic-magazine/
  26. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/national-geographic/
  27. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/scienceblogs/
  28. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/scientific-american/
  29. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/union-of-concerned-scientists/
  30. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/whats-the-harm/
  31. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/center-for-american-progress/
  32. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/crimethinc/
  33. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/democracy-now/
  34. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/huffington-post/
  35. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/media-matters/
  36. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/sourcewatch/
  37. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-morning-star/
  38. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-nation/
  39. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-young-turks/
  40. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/al-jazeera/
  41. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/american-civil-liberties-union-aclu/
  42. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/anti-defamation-league/
  43. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/cbc-news-canadian-broadcasting/
  44. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/electronic-frontier-foundation/
  45. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-guardian/
  46. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/human-rights-watch/
  47. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-independent/
  48. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/national-association-advancement-colored-people-naacp/
  49. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/npr/
  50. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/pbs-news-hour/
  51. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/rationalwiki/
  52. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/southern-poverty-law-center/
  53. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/new-york-times/
  54. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/washington-post/
  55. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/abc-news-australia/
  56. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/amnesty-international/
  57. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-economist/
  58. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/freedom-religion-foundation-ffrf/
  59. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/snopes/
  60. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/wikipedia/
  61. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/cato-institute/
  62. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/christianity-today/
  63. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/competitive-enterprise-institute/
  64. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/council-on-foreign-relations/
  65. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/daily-telegraph/
  66. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/foundation-for-economic-education/
  67. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/manhattan-institute-for-policy-research/
  68. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/national-post/
  69. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/reason/
  70. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/salem-radio-network-news-srn-news/
  71. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/wall-street-journal/
  72. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/washington-examiner/
  73. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/washington-times/
  74. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/daily-express/
  75. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/national-review/
  76. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/toronto-sun/
  77. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/alternet/
  78. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/cnn/
  79. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/daily-kos/
  80. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/little-green-footballs/
  81. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/move-on/
  82. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/msnbc/
  83. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/opednews-oen/
  84. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/pravda-report/
  85. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/raw-story/
  86. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/right-wing-watch/
  87. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/telesur/
  88. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/truth-out/
  89. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/press-tv/
  90. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/yahoo-news/
  91. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/patheos/
  92. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/forbes/
  93. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/investors-business-daily/
  94. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/new-york-post/
  95. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/rt-news/
  96. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/sputnik-news/
  97. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/wikileaks/
  98. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/accuracy-in-media-aim/
  99. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/american-center-law-justice-aclj/
  100. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/american-enterprise-institute/
  101. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/americans-for-prosperity/
  102. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/american-legislative-exchange-council-alec/
  103. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/american-thinker/
  104. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/breitbart/
  105. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/canada-free-press/
  106. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/christian-post/
  107. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/chronicles-magazine-rockford/
  108. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/conservative-daily-news/
  109. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/daily-caller/
  110. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/daily-mail/
  111. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/drudge-report/
  112. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/family-security-matters/
  113. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/fox-news/
  114. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/freedom-works/
  115. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/heartland-institute/
  116. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/heritage-foundation/
  117. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/media-research-center-mrc/
  118. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/national-rifle-association-nra/
  119. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/newsmax/
  120. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-blaze/
  121. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-sun/
  122. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/townhall/
  123. 123.0 123.1 https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/world-net-daily-wnd/
  124. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/ancient-code/
  125. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/autism-speaks/
  126. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/christian-broadcasting-network-cbn/
  127. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/david-wolfe/
  128. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/environmental-working-group-ewg/
  129. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-european-union-times/
  130. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/food-babe/
  131. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/friends-of-science/
  132. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/global-research/
  133. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/greenpeace/
  134. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/natural-news/
  135. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/peta-people-for-the-ethical-treatment-of-animals/
  136. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/we-are-change/
  137. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/wikispooks/
  138. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/your-news-wire/
  139. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/zero-hedge/
  140. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/above-top-secret/
  141. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/age-of-autism/
  142. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/answers-in-genesis/
  143. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/coast-to-coast-am/
  144. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/collective-evolution/
  145. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/david-icke/
  146. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/discovery-institute/
  147. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/educate-yourself/
  148. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/godlike-productions/
  149. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/got-questions-gotquestions-org/
  150. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/humans-are-free/
  151. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/illuminati-news/
  152. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/infowars-alex-jones/
  153. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/institute-for-creation-research-icr/
  154. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/jesus-is-savior/
  155. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/scepcop-debunking-skeptics/
  156. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/stormfront/
  157. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-liberty-beacon/
  158. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-mind-unleashed/
  159. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/vigilant-citizen/
  160. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/whale-to/
  161. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/what-really-happened/
  162. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/world-truth-tv/
  163. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/american-college-of-pediatricians/
  164. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/american-family-association/
  165. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/american-renaissance-magazine/
  166. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/britain-first/
  167. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/concerned-women-america/
  168. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/daily-stormer/
  169. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/david-horowitz-freedom-center/
  170. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/family-research-council/
  171. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/jew-watch/
  172. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/metapedia/
  173. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/red-ice-tv/
  174. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/smoloko-news/
  175. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/takis-magazine/
  176. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-right-stuff/
  177. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/vdare/
  178. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/abcnews-com-co/
  179. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/alliance-defending-freedom/
  180. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/all-news-pipeline/
  181. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/before-its-news/
  182. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/black-pigeon-speaks/
  183. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/cnn-com-de/
  184. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/conservapedia/
  185. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/focus-on-the-family/
  186. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/goodgopher/
  187. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/infogalactic/
  188. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/knights-templar-international/
  189. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/national-enquirer/
  190. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-gateway-pundit/
  191. http://www.wnd.com/2017/02/phony-baloney-the-9-fakest-fake-news-checkers/
  192. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/zero-hedge/
  193. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-20/exposing-9-fakest-fake-news-checkers
  194. http://www.mediafactwatch.com/2017-02-24-dont-believe-these-news-checkers-that-claim-fake-news-is-real.html