These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
- Overall, we rate the Bismarck Tribune Least Biased due to a mostly balanced editorial page that very slightly leans right and High for factual reporting based on proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 1873, the Bismarck Tribune is a print newspaper serving the greater Bismarck and southern North Dakota area. The current editor is Steve Wallick.
Funded by / Ownership
The paper is owned by Lee Enterprises, which according to Open Secrets has donated 88% of it money to Republican politicians since 1990. The Bismarck Tribune is funded through advertising and subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Bismarck Tribune covers local news with journalists and reporters throughout the Southern North Dakota region. For national news they use the Associated Press. All news is reported with minimal loaded words and bias. The Bismarck Tribune always sources their information properly. Editorially, there is a balance between right and left leaning opinions with just a slight edge to the right. According to Ballotpedia, their presidential endorsements vary with Democratic Candidate John Kerry in 2004, Republicans John McCain and Mitt Romney in 2008 and 2012, again with a slight edge to the right.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate the Bismarck Tribune Least Biased due to a mostly balanced editorial page that very slightly leans right and High for factual reporting based on proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 4/22/2018) Updated (8/29/2019)
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