Based Politics Journalistic Ethics & Best Practices
- Disclose donors and other partnerships on related-content. Always be transparent in our funders, motivations, and relationships.
- Keep it clean. Don’t use foul, off-putting, or profane language. Slang and pop-culture references are appropriate, but we don’t want to lose large segments of our audience who will not read crude language.
- Attack ideas, not people. Avoid ad-hominem whenever possible.
- Clearly distinguish betweens straight news and commentary. Include labels on articles so readers know when they’re just getting the facts and when they’re getting our opinion, too.
- Be transparent about corrections and changes. Alert readers to significant, substantive changes made to articles after publication through an editor’s note. (Not for typo fixes or minor copy edits).
- Source extensively and double check facts and statistics. Provide any counter narrative or studies when needed and debunk them. Always attribute any material that is quoted, copied, or otherwise cited from another outlet.
- Avoid being blindly partisan or tribal. Call out bad policies and failed ideas in either party and give credit to elected officials when due regardless of party affiliation.