Our World In Data – Media Bias Fact Check
These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Our World in Data (OWID) Left-Center biased due to their story selection (reporting from left perspective) and highly factual due to the utilization of credible sources.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: United Kingdom
World Press Freedom Rank: UK 35/180
Founded in 2011, by Max Roser, Our World in Data is a web publication that visualizes datasets of global trends across time and presents empirical research and data that show how living conditions around the world are changing. According to their about page, their aim is “to give a global overview and to show changes over the very long run, so that we can see where we are coming from and where we are today.”
Our World in Data uses interactive data visualizations to present their research findings on development that explain the causes and consequences of the observed changes. Our World in Data (OWID) is supported by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other donors are listed on their about page.
Max Roser claims that the global population living in extreme poverty has declined from 84 percent in 1820 to 16 percent in 2010 and it’s still falling and that excessive focus on the upper classes, especially in historical perspective, is misleading.
Funded by / Ownership
Our World in Data (OWID) is supported by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other donors are listed on their about page.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Our World in Data uses a technology called “Data-Grapher” and since we are not experts on data visualizations and how they present the empirical evidence, we have no way of verifying the credibility of the visualization. On this page they describe the tool they use “owid-grapher” for visualization and their sources for data such as the World Bank, UNESCO, etc. In their corruption story, Our World in Data uses credible sources in their research such as Transparency.org, undp.org, and World Bank. Further, they use minimally loaded emotional language such as this quote from the Corruption story: “As we can see, companies from China and Russia are viewed as the most likely to pay bribes. From a global perspective, this is important, since China and Russia are becoming increasingly powerful players in international trade.”
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Our World in Data (OWID) Left-Center biased due to their story selection (reporting from left perspective) and highly factual due to the utilization of credible sources. (M. Huitsing 5/15/2018) Updated (4/26/2019)
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