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 Courthouse News Service Least Biased based on minimal use of loaded emotional language and balanced reporting. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
The domain was created in 1997. Courthouse News Service is a news service subscribed to by law firms. The company is based in Pasadena, California and has reporters in almost every major market in the country. It offers a combination of free and paid services. It does not provide comprehensive docket information; instead, it only alerts readers to new filings and rulings. The website provides a masthead that indicates Bill Girdner is the editor.
Funded by / Ownership
The website does not openly disclose ownership, though a simple Google search turns up Courthouse News Services Inc. as the owner with Bill Girdner serving as owner. The website generates revenue through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Courthouse News Service reports on new court filings across the country as well as updates to trials and testimony. Their primary focus is on civil litigation cases. The wording of headlines is typically low biased such as this: Trump Must Pay $2 Million to Settle Claims Against Foundation. This story is also properly sourced. Besides original reporting, they also republish and source stories from the Associated Press. In general, Courthouse News Service displays minimal bias in reporting.
A factual search reveal they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Courthouse News Service Least Biased based on minimal use of loaded emotional language and balanced reporting. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 3/6/2018) Updated (11/7/2019)
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