Time Magazine became more and more liberal throughout the 2010s. The magazine has featured editorials from far Left columnists, as well as advertised for MSNBC, which has resulted in a reduced amount of subscribers. In December of 2015, the readers' poll for Person of the Year was announced to be Bernie Sanders, a Democratic Socialist. The amount of Time readers who voted for Sanders surpassed Malala Yousafzai and Pope Francis.
During the Sept. 2018 editorial review, the AllSides team noted that Time magazine's news pieces are written in a narrative-based way: rather than simply stating hard facts, Time often paints a picture in its writing. Time magazine occassionally includes some Center perspectives. During our review, we saw a number of "puff pieces" favorable to Democrats featured prominently on the site's main pages. The AllSides team noted Time is not as sensationalist and does not employ as much emotional language as other far Left outlets, though it still does employ these tactics from time to time.
Previous Time Media Bias Rating
Prior to Sept. 2018, the AllSides Bias Rating™ for Time Magazine was Left. However, as of April 2017, a majority of AllSides users who voted on this bias rating disagreed. Community feedback suggested the bias rating should be closer to the Center. When those who disagreed with our bias rating of Left were asked what the rating should be, the average of their votes was on the border of Center and Lean Left, but closer to the Center. AllSides conducted an editorial review of Time in Sept. 2018, and moved Time's media bias rating to Lean Left.
More About Time Magazine
Time Magazine is an American weekly news magazine published in New York City. It was founded in 1923 and for decades was dominated by Henry Luce, who built a highly profitable stable of magazines. A European edition is published in London and also covers the Middle East, Africa and, since 2003, Latin America. An Asian edition is based in Hong Kong. The South Pacific edition, covering Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, is based in Sydney. In December 2008, Time discontinued publishing a Canadian advertiser edition. Time has the world's largest circulation for a weekly news magazine, and has a readership of 25 million, 20 million of which are in the U.S.
Wikipedia: Time Magazine
Funding, Financing and Ownership
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