The AllSides Bias Rating™ for Vox.com is lean left, a rating with which a large majority (about 3,700 community members) disagreed. Despite so many people disagreeing, 39 voters who participated in a follow-up survey rated the source at 71, which is within the range of a lean left bias. Since most of the members who disagreed with a lean left rating either thought Vox.com should fall under the center or far left categories, we currently have a high level of confidence in our rating.
As of April 2017, this confidence is maintained. The number of those who disagree with the lean left bias rating has grown to 4,362, however among those who disagreed and rated the source on their own, most continued to rate it leaning left.
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Vox.com was founded in 2014 by Ezra Klein, a liberal columnist from the left-leaning Washington Post, along with Melissa Bell and Matt Yglesias. Run by the digital media company, Vox Media, Vox.com currently has eight editorial brands including the sports website, SB Nation, and the technology news website, The Verge.
In it's founding, Klein hoped to “improve the technology of news” and build an online platform better equipped for making news understandable. Vox.com, therefore, aims to “explain the news” rather than simply report it - a practice some conservatives feel inherently leaves out opposing viewpoints and differing perspectives. For example, the Washington Times and conservative media watchdog groups have heavily criticized Vox.com’s perceived liberal bias. Additionally, the Week and The Federalist accused the website for its progressive worldview. The website's anti-Trump reporting through the 2016 election as well as post-innauguration has also garnered criticism.
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