AlterNet's media bias rating is featured on the AllSides Media Bias Chart™.
AlterNet has a Left Media Bias Rating™. In a press release, AlterNet called itself "a pioneer and leader in progressive online journalism." The site's stated mission is "to inspire citizen action and advocacy on the environment, human rights and civil liberties, social justice, media and health care issues."
History of Our Media Bias Rating
AlterNet has maintained a Left media bias rating since being added to the AllSides database in October 2015.
Third Party Analysis of Alternet Bias
AlterNet has been given a mixed rating by Snopes.com fact checks, and was included in an initial index of "unreliable" news websites crafted by numerous media scientists and fact-checking groups.
AlterNet is a digital news website with a focus on progressive U.S. politics, culture and government. It was founded in 1987 by the Institute for Alternative Journalism, and was owned by it until being acquired in 2018 by RawStory founder and publisher John K. Byrne, who merged it with his existing site to form AlterNet Media. Source: Wikipedia.
AlterNet.org calls itself is "an award-winning news magazine and online community that creates original journalism and amplifies the best of hundreds of other independent media sources. AlterNet’s aim is to inspire action and advocacy on the environment, human rights and civil liberties, social justice, media, health care issues, and more." The site describes its work as "strategic journalism," which "confronts the failures of corporate media, as well as the vitriol and disinformation of right wing media, especially “hate talk” media."
Funding, Financing, and Ownership
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In April 2018, Alternet was acquired by the partners of RawStory.com. Raw Story is owned by Raw Story Media, Inc. John K. Byrne is the founder, chairman and CEO, as well as a partner. Michael Rogers is the vice chairman, partner and managing director.
Financing and ownership information last updated February 22, 2021. If you think this information is out of date or needs to be updated, please contact us.