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About Lead Stories's Bias Rating
Lead Stories is a fact check source with an AllSides Media Bias Rating™ of Lean Left.
What a "Lean Left" Rating Means
Sources with an AllSides Media Bias Rating of Lean Left display media bias in ways that moderately align with liberal, progressive, or left-wing thought and/or policy agendas. A Lean Left bias is a moderately liberal rating on the political spectrum.Learn more about Lean Left ratings
Lead Stories uses technology to monitor trending topics online, and fact-checks news content about those topics. Lead Stories is a fact-checking partner of Meta and Facebook, meaning Meta may use fact-checks from Lead Stories to provide context on Facebook or Instagram posts it deems false or misleading.
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2023 Independent Review: Lead Stories Moved from Center to Lean Left
After noticing that the vast majority of over 700 AllSides readers who had voted on Lead Stories' rating disagreed with its Center rating, an AllSides team member conducted an independent review. Community feedback votes don't directly influence our media bias ratings, but if we notice a large imbalance in votes, such as in this case, we tend to take another look at the source's bias.
An independent review of Lead Stories conducted by AllSides Editor-in-chief Henry A. Brechter in April 2023 noted that the outlet tends to primarily fact-check stories in ways that speak to a left-leaning audience, including many claims about Dr. Anthony Fauci, the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, sustainability, and climate change, while not fact-checking stories for a right-leaning audience in a similar way. This represents media bias by story choice and placement.
Lead Stories features a "Red Feed" and a "Blue Feed," which purport to feature only "fact checks about misinformation, lies or falsehoods being spread about left-wing, progressive, liberal, Democrat or anti-Trump people, causes, groups or issues" and "fact checks about misinformation, lies or falsehoods being spread about right-wing, conservative, Christian, Republican or pro-Trump people, causes, groups or issues," respectively. As of April 16, 2023, 10 fact-checks had been posted in the Red Feed since Jan. 1, compared to 72 fact-checks published in the Blue Feed over the same period.
Lead Stories Rated Center in August 2020 AllSides Independent Review
An August 2020 AllSides Independent Review found that Lead Stories focuses on subjects and angles that critique both sides of the political spectrum.
Community FeedbackFeedback does not determine ratings, but may trigger deeper review.
As of September 2023, people have voted on the AllSides Media Bias Rating for Lead Stories. On average, those who disagree with our rating think this source has a Lean Left bias.
Confidence LevelConfidence is determined by how many reviews have been applied and consistency of data.
As of September 2023, AllSides has low or initial confidence in our Lean left rating for Lead Stories. If we perform more bias reviews and gather consistent data, this confidence level will increase.