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 Statesman Journal Least Biased based on a reasonably balanced op-ed page. 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
Founded in 1851, The Statesman Journal is the major daily newspaper published in Salem, Oregon, United States. The current editor is Cherrill Crosby.
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Funded by / Ownership
The Statesman Journal is owned by Gannett (Gatehouse Media), which publishes USA Today. In August 2019, Gatehouse Media purchased and merged with Gannett becoming the largest newspaper chain in the USA. After the merger, the companies retained the Gannett name. The newspaper is funded through advertising and paid subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Statesman Journal covers local news through journalists with minimal bias such as this Salem City Council votes to extend emergency declaration for COVID-19. National and international news is republished through the USA Today Network and the Associated Press.
Editorially, the Stateman Journal has endorsed both Republican and Democratic candidates such as this in 2014. A thorough review of op-eds reveals reasonable balance with slightly more left-leaning opinions such as this There’s room for a market-driven economy and the common good | Opinion. In general, the Statesman Journal reports news factually and with a reasonably balanced editorial page.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate The Statesman Journal Least Biased based on a reasonably balanced op-ed page. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 7/18/2016) Updated (4/30/2020)