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 Maclean’s Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that predominantly favor the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Canada 18/180
Maclean’s is a Canadian monthly news magazine that was founded in 1905 by J. B. Maclean, reporting on Canadian issues such as politics, pop culture, and current events. The magazine was owned by Rogers Communications since 1994, however in March 2019 they agreed to sell their magazine assets to St. Joseph Communications. The current editor is Alison Uncles.
According to their about page “Maclean’s is Canada’s premier current affairs magazine. Maclean’s enlightens, engages and entertains 2.4 million readers with strong investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business and culture.”
Funded by / Ownership
Maclean’s is now owned by St. Joseph Communications, which is a media company based in Toronto, Canada. Maclean’s is funded through advertising and subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Maclean’s covers social issues, politics and Canadian news through the use of journalists. News stories typically use minimal loaded words such as this: What a trade war with China would do to Canada. This story is properly sourced to the Globe and Mail and Reuters. When covering political issues Maclean’s provides a reasonable balance such as this: Ottawa and provinces pause carbon tax fight to battle plastic. Editorially, they also tend to give both sides, however many more favor the left: The bankruptcy of the Conservative Party. Further, many opinion pieces are center around climate change and the action that they feel needs to occur: Trudeau should try walking the walk on climate change. In general, news reporting is factual and with minimal bias, however editorials lean left.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Maclean’s Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that predominantly favor the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (11/28/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 6/28/2019)
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