Splinter News


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Type of site
OwnerG/O Media
EditorAleksander Chan[1]
LaunchedJuly 24, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-07-24)
Current statusDefunct

Splinter was an American left-leaning news and opinion website owned by G/O Media. It launched in July 2017 and ceased publication in November 2019.


The site was a news and opinion website. According to direct owner Fusion Media Group, the site's purpose was to offer a sharp point of view, amplify underrepresented voices, shine a light on systemic inequality, and skewer politicians when necessary as well as contextualize current events, challenge archaic establishments, and champion the historically oppressed.[2] They were generally described as having a left-leaning editorial stance.[3][4]


Splinter began as the article part of the Fusion TV website in 2013. Later Univision would acquire the assets of Gizmodo Media Group which gave it a significant web presence. The decision was made to separate the Fusion TV channel from its news and editorial site. The reasoning for the change being that it would provide clarity between the news site and the cable network whose content was broadening and moving further and further away from what the site was publishing.[5][6]

On July 24, 2017, Fusion relaunched its article-based online presence under the brand Splinter while things relating to the channel itself remained at Fusion.net branded as Fusion TV. The article-based half of Fusion's website content switched to the fusion.kinja.com domain in May prior to the re branding.[7] Splinter began under the Gizmodo Media Group division of Univision. On October 10, 2019, Splinter announced it was ceasing publication.[8] The staff posted the last post on November 12, 2019.[9] Staff from Splinter started the independent Discourse Blog in March 2020.[10]


  1. ^ Ford, David. "Aleks Chan Named Editor-in-Chief of Splinter". Fusion Media Group. Archived from the original on 2018-09-15. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  2. ^ "Univision's Fusion Website Rebranded To Splinter Goes Live". forbes.com. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  3. ^ Allsop, Jon (July 2, 2018). "Mainstream media grapples with a left-wing wave". Columbia Journalism Review. Archived from the original on 21 March 2019. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  4. ^ Tani, Maxwell (January 10, 2019). "The Associated Press Frets Over Its Reporters' Biases While Its Twitter Feed Burns". The Daily Beast. Archived from the original on 21 March 2019. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  5. ^ "What is Splinter, anyway? Editor-in-Chief Dodai Stewart explains the site's rebrand". Poynter. 2017-07-31. Archived from the original on 2017-11-07. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  6. ^ Cynthia Littleton (2017-07-07). "Fusion to Rebrand Website as Splinter as TV Channel Broadens Focus". Variety. Archived from the original on 2017-11-07. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  7. ^ Tani, Maxwell. "Fusion is planning to rebrand under a new name: Splinter". Business Insider. Archived from the original on 11 July 2017. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  8. ^ Tani, Maxwell (10 October 2019). "Splinter Shutting Down". Archived from the original on 11 October 2019. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Don't Dream, It's Over". Splinter. Archived from the original on 14 November 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  10. ^ Chan, Aleksander (2020-03-23). "Let's Keep Going" (Substack newsletter). Discourse Blog. Retrieved 2021-10-05.

External links

  • Official website