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 the Albany Times-Union Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that usually favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1857, the Albany Times-Union is an American daily newspaper, serving the Capital Region of New York, United States. Although the newspaper focuses on Albany and its suburbs, it covers all parts of the four-county area, including the cities of Troy, Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs. The current editor is Rex Smith.
Funded by / Ownership
The Albany Times-Union is owned by Hearst Communications, which owns newspapers, magazines, television channels, and television stations, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle, and Esquire. According to Open Secrets Hearst has donated 70% to Republican candidates and causes in 2020. Revenue is derived through advertising and subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Albany Times-Union reports local news through journalists with minimal bias such as this: Albany County offering employees $15K buyout. National news is derived from other Hearst papers as well as the Associated Press.
Editorially, the Albany Times-Union tends to favor Democratic candidates as evidenced by their endorsement of Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election. Further, a review of op-eds shows that the majority lean left such as this: Political play in Trump’s postal plans. In general, straight news is presented with low bias and proper sourcing, while editorial content favors the left.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate the Albany Times-Union Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that usually favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check. (D. Van Zandt 10/6/2016) Updated (8/20/2020)