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 Algemeen Dagblad or AD Least Biased based on story selection representing both sides and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Netherlands 5/180
Launched in 1946, The Algemeen Dagblad or AD is a Dutch daily tabloid newspaper-based in Rotterdam, Netherlands. It is published regionally as well as nationally in the Netherlands.
The Algemeen Dagblad or AD focuses on news, politics, sports, entertainment, business, and technology. The editor-in-chief of The Algemeen Dagblad or AD is Hans Nijenhuis.
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Funded by / Ownership
AD is owned by Belgian publishing company DPG Media and is published by PCM Uitgevers. Christian Van Thillo is Chief Executive Officer of DPG Media. AD’s revenue is derived through subscriptions and advertisements.
Analysis / Bias
In 2020, Reporters Without Borders ranked Netherlands 5/180 in their Press Freedom Index. Currently, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands is Mark Rutte who leans center-right (Conservative Liberalism is the equivalence of Center-Right in the USA) and he is also the leader of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VDV).
In review, Algemeen Dagblad or AD reports news with balance, representing all sides in politics. AD utilizes headlines with emotionally loaded language regarding the current prime minister such as “Mark Rutte has risen as a guardian of the nation in times of crisis.” They also publish articles with a similar tone regarding the opposition party “Marijnissen (SP) opens attack on ‘lavender politics’ Baudet”. Lilian Marijnissen is the leader of the left-wing socialist party. On issues such as immigration, they publish positively toned articles such as “Sun gives immigrant from a warm country a ‘home feeling’”.
When it comes to sourcing, AD often hyperlinks to itself as well as to credible sources such as WHO and government agencies or universities such as the Institute for Security and Crisis Management COT. When covering world news, pertaining to the USA, they cover the Trump administration with a neutral tone such as in this article “Donald Trump: I am not responsible for incidents involving cleaning products”. In general, Algemeen Dagblad reports news factually and with minimal bias.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate The Algemeen Dagblad or AD Least Biased based on story selection representing both sides and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 5/10/2020)
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