Media Bias/Fact Check

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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.

Predictably, MBFC has drawn ire from several of the websites that file under "Conspiracy/Pseudoscience" or "Questionable Sources" — typically, in light of the complaintants' regular publication of fake news and/or general bigotry.

About the author[edit]

According to its "About" page, it was started by Dave Van Zandt, of Greensboro, North Carolina, in November 2015, and is edited by a group of volunteer contributors. From the F.A.Q[4]:

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.

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