Analysis of News Sources


Welcome to News Sources

This is separate from the list of sources WikiTribune staff recommend.

This project is meant to help people better understand the ideological position of the news sources they are reading.

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  1. When writing, remember to abide by our style and neutrality guidelines.
  2. Group by country, sorted alphabetically.
  3. Short introduction for each newspaper/agency.
  4. Provide a link to Wikipedia for more detailed information.
  5. Mention the owner(s) and how it is funded.
  6. Elaborate on political views and ideology
  7. List controversies if any. Claims must be well-referenced and objective.
  8. When discussing the political views of a publication, make sure assertions are well-referenced.

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Index

  1. France
    1. Le Figaro
    2. Le Monde
    3. Le Parisien
  2. Germany
    1. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)
    2. neues deutschland (nd)
    3. Spiegel online (SPON)
    4. Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ)
    5. die tageszeitung (taz)
    6. Die Welt
  3. Hong Kong
    1. FactWire
  4. Hungary
    1. Élet és Irodalom (ÉS)
  5. Spain
    1. ABC
    2. El Confidencial
    3. El Diario
    4. El Mundo
    5. El País
    6. El Salto
    7. InfoLibre
    8. La Razón
    9. Público
  6. United Kingdom
    1. BBC News
    2. The Guardian
    3. Financial Times
    4. Private Eye
  7. United States
    1. The New York Times
    2. The Washington Post
    3. Politico
  8. Uruguay
    1. First Uruguay
  9. Puerto Rico
  10. Panama
  11. Costa Rica
  12. El Salvador
  13. Nicaragua
  14. Paraguay
  15. Honduras
  16. Dominican Republic
  17. Bolivia
  18. Haiti
  19. Cuba
  20. Guatemala
  21. Ecuador
  22. Chile
  23. Venezuela
  24. Peru
  25. Argentina
  26. Colombia
  27. Mexico
  28. Brazil

France


Le Figaro

Le Figaro is the oldest daily morning newspaper published in Paris which is one of only two French newspapers of record and one of the most widely respected across the world.

Owner
Dassault Group

How it is funded

 

Political views

Right, Guallism, Liberal conservatism

Controversies

 

 

Le Monde

Le Monde is a daily afternoon newspaper published in Paris which is only one of two French newspapers of record and one of the most widely respected across the world.

Owner
La Vie-Le Monde Group (French)

How it is funded

 

Political views

Center-left

Controversies

 

Le Parisien

Le Parisien is the most widely-circulated daily newspaper in France, which covers national and international news as well as local news out of Paris.

Owner

Éditions Philippe Amaury

How it is funded

 

Political views

Neutral

Controversies

 

 

Germany


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)

See: Wikipedia article

See also: detailed information by the Institute for Media and Communication Policy (in German)

Owner

 

How it is funded

 

Political views

 

Controversies

 

 

neues Deutschland (nd)

See: Wikipedia article

Owner

Communio Beteiligungsgenossenschaft eG (50%),
Föderative Verlags-, Consulting- und Handelsgeselllschaft mbH – FEVAC (50%).
FEVAC has three members: Thomas Nord (90,35%), the Federal Treasurer of the Left Party (Partei DIE LINKE), Uwe Hobler, Treasurer of the Verein der Bundestagsfraktion DIE LINKE e.V., and Ruth Kampa. The Left Party holds 100% of the share capital of FEVAC.

How it is funded

 

Political views

Democratic socialist, center-left to left spectrum, non-partisan

Controversies

 

 

Spiegel Online (SPON)

See: Wikipedia article

Owner

 

How it is funded

 

Political views

 

Controversies

 

 

Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ)

See: Wikipedia article
See also: detailed information by the Institute for Media and Communication Policy (in German)

Owner

Süddeutscher Verlag GmbH, itself mainly owned by:
Südwestdeutsche Medienholding (81,3%), itself mainly owned by Medien Union GmbH Ludwigshafen (47;5%), owned by Peter and Thomas Schaub (50% each of them)

How it is funded

Political views

Considered as social liberal or liberal / centre-left

Controversies

 

die tageszeitung (taz)

See: Wikipedia article
See also: detailed information by the Institute for Media and Communication Policy (in German)

Owner

How it is funded

Political views

Controversies

 

Die Welt

See: Wikipedia article
See also: detailed information by the Institute for Media and Communication Policy (in German)

Owner

How it is funded

Political views

Controversies

 

 

Hong Kong


FactWire

FactWire is currently the only news agency founded locally. It was established on 18 August 2015 after receiving the seed fund from 3,300 Hong Kong residents from the crowdfunding platform FringeBacker.

Owner

Funded by Ng Hiu Tung

How it is funded

By crowdfunding

Political views

Neutral

Controversies

 

 

Hungary


Élet és Irodalom (ÉS)

See: Wikipedia article
See also: German language press review in the Perlentaucher
Kovács Zoltán, Editor-in-Chief, publishes also in the German-speaking media Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik, Die Presse, Der Standard.

Owner

How it is funded

Political views

Considered as liberal/left-liberal

Controversies

 

 

Spain


ABC

ABC is the oldest and third largest newspaper of Spain and one of three Madrid dailies considered to be national newspapers of record for Spain.

Owner

Grupo Vocento

How it is funded

Political views

Conservatism, Nationalist, Monarchism, Right Wing

Controversies

 

 

InfoLibre

Wikipedia reference.

Owner

How it is funded

Political views

Controversies

 

 

El Confidencial

Wikipedia reference (in Spanish)

Owners

Among others: José Antonio Sánchez (43%), Juan Perea Sáenz de Buruaga (15%)

How it is funded

Advertising, events

€9,25m revenue, €1.4m benefit (2014)

13.4m unique visitors (2018) https://blogs.elconfidencial.com/comunicacion/en-contacto/2018-07-24/el-confidencial-supera-abc-visitas-paginas-vistas_1596041/

Political views

Conservative, neo-liberal

Controversies

 

eldiario.es

Online newspaper founded in 2012, published in Madrid under a CC-BY-SA Creative Commons license (Wikipedia)

Owner 

Stakeholders of owner company Diario de Prensa Digital SL are former Público editor-in-chief Ignacio Escolar and more than 70% of its staff writers and reporters

How it is funded

In-browser advertising, crowdfunding

Political views

Left-wing, young, cultured (target audience)

Controversies

 

El Mundo

El Mundo is the second largest printed newspaper of Spain and one of three Madrid dailies considered to be national newspapers of record for Spain.

Owner

Unidad Editorial S. A., Spanish subsidiary of Milan-based Italian publisher RCS MediaGroup S.p.A.

How it is funded 

Advertising

Political views

Liberal, center-right, right wing

Controversies

 

El País

El País is the most circulated printed daily newspaper in Spain and one of three Madrid dailies considered to be national newspapers of record for Spain.

Owner

Grupo Prisa

How it is funded

Advertising

Political views

Historically center / center-left and critical of the so-called Latin American “populist left”, allegedly is showing right wing bias since Partido Popular (PP) came in to the Spanish government in 2011

Controversies

  • After 2011 there have been signs of bias in favor of incumbent Spain’s governing party

Sources: [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6].

 

El Salto

Owner 

El Salto is a project promoted by the Diagonal newspaper and more than 20 communicative projects.

How it is funded

Crowdfunding to launch a new medium with more resources aimed at a broad audience. Wikipedia referenceNewspaper about info.

Political views

Left wing

Controversies

 

 

Público

Owner

How it is funded

Political views

Controversies

 

La Razón

Owner

Grupo Planeta

How it is funded

Advertising

Political views

Liberal, conservative, Roman Catholic, rightist, creationist

Controversies 

The edition of 9 May 2012 caused a big aversion in some sectors, and it was criticized by the Le Monde newspaper, where it appeared photos of five students with names and surnames and a text below describing them as bad students and stirrers to make a call for participation on a protest against the cutbacks on education. The student union decided to report the newspaper.

In the aftermath of the November 2015 Paris attacks, the paper published a doctored image of Veerender Jubbal, a Canadian Sikh, falsely labelling him as “one of the terrorists”. (Wikipedia)

 

United Kingdom


BBC News

Owner

British public

How it is funded

Mostly funded by the British television licence fee, as well as by sales of BBC programmes and services.

Political views

Does not officially support any one political party. The Wikipedia article Criticism of the BBC provides more detail.

Controversies

See: BBC controversies on Wikipedia.

Recently:

  • Accusations of bias towards the pro-Unionist campaign during the Scottish independence referendum in 2014. (Wikipedia, The Independent)
  • Complaint from the Labour Party after their MP resigned on live TV, with accusations that it had been orchestrated by the BBC to increase viewership (Wikipedia, BBC)

 

The Guardian

Owner

Guardian Media Group

How it is funded

The newspaper runs at a loss, and is in part financially dependent on other profit-making activities within the Guardian Media Group.

Since 2014, it has an optional subscription scheme for supporters.

Political views

Claimed to be center-left according to its Wikipedia article.

Controversies

 

Financial Times

Owner

How it is funded

Political views

Controversies

 

Private Eye

Private Eye is the UK’s best-selling news and current affairs magazine, featuring humour, social and political observations and investigative journalism. Private Eye on Wikipedia

Owner

Pressdram

How it is funded

 

Political views

Politically neutral. Focuses on exposing corruption and incompetence within all parties at all levels.

Controversies

Numerous. See Wikipedia article for further information.

 

United States


The New York Times

The New York Times (NYT or “The Times“) is a major daily newspaper headquartered in New York City, New York.  Describing itself as a global media organization in its 2016 Annual Report, The Times has amassed 122 Pulitzer Prizes based on its recognized journalistic excellence.

The New York State Library chronology on The Times states that it was established on September 18, 1851 as The New-York Daily Times.  The name was changed to The New York Times on September 14, 1857.  In 1852, The Times claimed to be “the only Republican paper in New York.”  The Times was sold to The New York Times Publishing Company April 13, 1893, and one day later, Charles R. Miller, the editor, and then president of the company, stated that “The Times will be a Democratic paper.”  The Times ‘ slogan – “All the News That’s Fit to Print” – first appeared October 25, 1896 on the editorial page.  In 1897 the slogan was moved to page one and remains there today.

As of the third quarter of 2017, reported in Item 2 of the NYT Security and Exchange Commission (SEC)  10-Q filing, the approximate number of digital subscriptions was 2,487,000; news product subscriptions 2,132,000, and other product subscriptions 355,000.

Read more on Wikipedia’s The New York Times article.

Owner

Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr.

Chairman, The New York Times Company

Publisher, The New York Times

How it is funded

Revenues are reported in the SEC Form 10-Q of November 1 , 2017 as primarily from subscriptions, advertising, and other sources (including but not limited to affiliate referrals, e-commerce, building rental, and digital archives).  A search of the US General Services Administration’s Federal Procurement Data System reveals that The New York Times Company has presently, or previously had, contracts with the Federal government for a variety of services, including subscriptions.

The New York Times Company stock (NYT) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange .

Political views

The New York Times is characterized as “left center” by Media Bias/Fact Check and “lean left” by AllSides.

The Wikipedia article on The New York Times, explains that the paper’s editorial stance has frequently been considered as liberal.  The paper has a Politics/Opinion web page with the subheading: “Strong arguments and cogent analysis from left, right and beyond” that carries editorials, op-ed contributions, opinions, and letters.

Controversies

Wikipedia devotes a full article to New York Times controversies with numerous references and external links for the reader to explore each issue in more detail.

 

The Washington Post

The Washington Post (The Post, TWP, WaPo) is a daily newspaper published in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Capitol. The Post journalists cover local, nationwide, and international stories. The Post is described as the “dominant” newspaper in D.C. and “one of the greatest newspapers” in the U.S.  Established in 1877 by Stilson Hutchins, a Democrat, the first paper was published December 6 with a circulation of 10,000, was four pages in length, and sold for three cents per copy. As of December 15, 2017, The Post reports that it has 2 million print readers per week, 95 million unique visitors nationwide and 22 million international visitors to the website per month.

A timeline published by Britannica Encyclopedia, outlines the Graham Family stewardship of The Post.  Eugene Meyer (father of Kathryn Graham) purchased the floundering paper in 1933, rebuilt it through emphasis on accurate, thorough, well-written reporting and established an independent editorial posture. Meyer’s son-in-law, Philip Graham, took the reins in 1946, further building the prestige of The Post. Following Graham’s death from suicide in 1963, his wife, Katherine Graham took over leadership of The Post. Her son, Donald Graham took over as publisher in 1979.

Jeffery (Jeff) P. Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, purchased the WP Company LLC, (doing business as The Washington Post) and affiliated publications for $250 million in 2013, through Nash Holdings, LLC. Nash Holdings, LLC, is a private company, separate from Amazon.  Bezos added the slogan “Democracy Dies in Darkness” beneath the masthead in February 2017.

The Washington Post Wikipedia article provides more details.

Owner

Jeffrey P. Bezos
Parent company
Nash Holdings, LLC

Publisher and CEO
Frederick J. Ryan, Jr.

Executive Editor
Martin Baron

How it is funded

The Post receives funding through subscriptions, classifieds, and advertising services.  A search of the US General Services Administration’s Federal Procurement Data System reveals that The Washington Post Company has presently, or previously had, contracts with the Federal government for a variety of services, including IT and telecommunications services, subscriptions, and advertising.

Political views

Encyclopedia Britannica reports that, initially, The Post was considered an instrument of the Democratic Party. And, that after suffering economic trouble, it was sold in 1889, and became known as a conservative publication.  AllSides characterizes The Post as having a “lean-left” bias, defined as being moderately liberal on a political spectrum. Media Bias/Fact Check ranks The Post as “left-center” bias – a “slight to moderate liberal bias”.

Controversies
The Washington Post Wikipedia article devotes a section to recent controversies.

 

Politico

Politico, LLC,  is a political journalism organization headquartered in Arlington, Virginia that publishes print and online editions, and offers podcasts as well as television and radio reporting. Politico coverage focuses mainly on Washington, D.C. political and policy issues involving Congress, the presidency, lobbying, and media. It also has units in Europe, Florida, New York, and New Jersey.  POLITICO Pro is a subscription-based product, described as offering “policy intelligence to pros”. Politico was founded by two former Washington Post writers: Jim VandeHei, a national political reporter; and John F. Harris, a political editor.  Robert L. Allbritton was also a founder. Washington Post reporter Mike Allen,  joined Politico, becoming the Chief White House correspondent. Politico editorial cartoonist, Matt Wuerker, received a 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.

Politico established itself as a news source going live on the Internet January 23, 2007 5:07 a.m. EST.  It captured more than 250,000 visitors and more than 800,000 page views that first day. As of July 2017, Politico reports circulation of: 30,000 copies of Washington newspapers and 29,000 copies of POLITICO Europe each publishing day; 33,000 POLITICO Magazine six times yearly; an average of 26 million unique visitors monthly to the US website; and an average of 1.5 million unique visitors to POLITICO Europe.  A POLITICO Pro legislative and congressional database serves more than 4,000 organizations and 25,000 individuals.

In early 2016, The New York Times and CNN reported that VandeHei, Allen, and three senior executives were leaving Politico after the 2016 US elections.  The Washington Post reported that differences between VandeHei and Allbritton led to their departure.  Allbritton replaced VandeHei as CEO. VandeHei, Allen, and Roy Schwartz subsequently founded Axios Media, Inc. – an online news source – incorporated on July 1, 2016.

Owner/Parent company
Capitol News Company, LLC

Robert L. Allbritton
Publisher and Executive Chairman

How it is funded

Funding is through print subscriptions outside the Washington, DC area and advertising.  The parent organization, Capitol News Company, presently has, or previously had, Federal government contracts for Politico publications, including multi-user agreement licenses and web-based subscription services for POLITICO Pro to the Library of Congress, and other Federal agencies.

Political views

On its website, Politico states that its central mission is “to help sustain and vastly expand nonpartisan political and policy journalism.” Media Bias/Fact Check rates Politico as a having a “left-center bias”, and a factual reporting rating score of high.  Media Bias/Fact Check characterizes “left-center” as having a slight-to-moderate liberal bias. The reporting is found to usually be factual and trustworthy. Media Bias/Fact Check explains that left-center writing may include words that attempt to influence the reader through emotion or stereotyping to favor liberal points of view. AllSides rates Politico as “center,” but acknowledges that a March 2013 blind survey found that Politico was closer to “lean-right” yet near the center, and that more research was needed to determine bias. The Wikipedia article on Politico describes two conflicting opinions about its bias, and cites the AllSides rating of “center” based on crowd-sourcing.

Controversies

Wikipedia describes disputed editorial practices related to Politico.

 

Uruguay

1

Introduction here

Owner

 

How it is funded

 

Political views

 

Controversies

 

 

Puerto Rico


Panama


Costa Rica


El Salvador


Nicaragua


Paraguay


Honduras


Dominican Republic


Dominican Republic


Bolivia


Haiti


Cuba


Guatemala


Ecuador


Chile


Venezuela


Peru


Argentina


Colombia


Mexico


Brazil


El País

Printed newspaper founded in 1918, published in Montevideo (Wikipedia)

Owner 

Stakeholders, privately held / CEO Guillermo Scheck

How it is funded

Advertising, circulation

Political views

Center-right, liberal; formerly linked to Partido Nacional

Controversies

 


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