Huffington post has always been my go to when I’m looking to check in with the latest news on my favorite celebs. Yet, I never stopped to consider the actually quality of their post. So I decided to read laterally on the site. I wanted to know what other sources had to say and research how credible the site actually is. Instead of going directly to Huffingtonpost, I first tried Wikipedia with process, expertise, and aim in mind. Wikipedia seemed to have only good things to say about the news cite and mentioned the following,
According to this, Huffington Post was marked number 1 of the 15 most popular political sites. I don’t believe this is a title that would be given lightly, especially if the posts failed to be credible. Wikipedia also offers information on the owners and originators on the site. I also thought this was important to note because what better way to know if a sites information is credible without learning about the creator his/her self. In my findings I found that the site was founded by founded by Andrew Breitbart, Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer, and Jonah Peretti. It is apparent that the site got its name from Arianna Huffington.
All of the authors have individual wikipedia pages and seem to be reliable sources. Based off of each of their educational backgrounds, I would consider them to be in the “people to know” category.
Although I was impressed by Wikipedias statistics on the site, I wanted more information. Wikipedia didn’t directly say too much about whether or not the stories/post were trustworthy; so, I decided to dig a little deeper. So I decided to simply google search, “Is Huffington post a reliable source?” and this is what came up..
I appreciated this simply because it made sense. It’s true that is is important to consider that a source as a whole is only as credible as its authors, and this comes into context with each and every post on the site. As I looked further into what others had to say about the site, this is some of what I found..
This source offered a recent survey from 2017 asking whether or not individuals thought Huffington post was credible. According to the research, 13 % considered the site very credible, 25 % thought it was somewhat credible, 17% said it was not too credible, while 15 thought it was not credible at all. This information was nice regarding opinion, but I didn’t feel like it was enough to go off of. So I continued my search.
According to mediabiasfactcheck.com, Huffpost was considered to be left bias, which in summary stated that the site had a tendency to post words in attempt to win peoples opinion over by appealing to their emotions and stereotypes. While also mentioning that the site may publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage liberal causes. Therefore marking the site as “Maybe untrustworthy.”
However, as you can see above, the site is also ranked high on factual reporting.
Throughout my search, it was hard to find any real evidence that proved this site to be none reliable or trustworthy, any opinion against the site failed to have back up on why or why not the site was credible. Therefore, I would conclude that Huffpost is indeed one of the more reliable internet sources out there.