How we determined this rating:
- Community Feedback: ratings
Blind Survey: Jun 2023
- AllSides has low or initial confidence in this bias rating.
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About The Messenger's Bias Rating
The Messenger is a news media source with an AllSides Media Bias Rating™ of Center.
"The Messenger was founded to champion balanced journalism in an era of bias, subjectivity and misinformation, with a mandate to deliver the news — not shape it — and a clear vision of earning our readers’ trust and rekindling their passion for media," according to its About page. It was founded in 2023. Co-founder Jimmy Finklestein also helped start The Hill (Center bias) and The Hollywood Reporter (Lean Left).
What a "Center" Rating Means
Sources with an AllSides Media Bias Rating of Center either do not show much predictable media bias, display a balance of articles with left and right biases, or equally balance left and right perspectives.
Center doesn't mean better! A Center media bias rating does not necessarily mean a source is totally unbiased, neutral, perfectly reasonable, or credible, just as Left and Right don't necessarily mean extreme, wrong, unreasonable, or not credible. AllSides encourages people to read outlets across the political spectrum.Learn more about Center ratings
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The Messenger Rated Center in June 2023 AllSides Blind Bias Survey
Respondents who rated their own bias as Left, Lean Left, Center and Lean Right rated The Messenger as Center. Respondents who rated their own bias as Right rated The Messenger as Lean Right. On average, Democrats and Republicans rated The Messenger as Center, while Independents gave a rating of Lean Right.
A total of 698 people across the political spectrum took the survey, including 101 respondents with a self-reported Left bias; 163 with a Lean Left bias; 178 with a Center bias; 190 with a Lean Right bias, and 66 with a Right bias.
May 2023 Independent Review Assigns Initial Bias Rating of Center
An independent review of The Messenger conducted in May 2023 by AllSides Editor-in-chief Henry A. Brechter (Center bias) noted a balance of story selections and framing on The Messegner's homepage, including:
- An article about new laws on transgender treatments for minors in Florida that leans left.
- An article profiling NH Gov. Chris Sununu (R) that leans right.
- A balanced, community-focused piece on how a New York town is dealing with an expected surge of migrants.
Community FeedbackFeedback does not determine ratings, but may trigger deeper review.
As of December 2023, people have voted on the AllSides Media Bias Rating for The Messenger. On average, those who disagree with our rating think this source has a Center bias.
Confidence LevelConfidence is determined by how many reviews have been applied and consistency of data.
As of December 2023, AllSides has low or initial confidence in our Center rating for The Messenger. If we perform more bias reviews and gather consistent data, this confidence level will increase.
The Messenger Ownership and FundingFunding and ownership do not influence bias ratings. We rate the bias of content only.
Owner: JAF Communications, Inc.