These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in 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 conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate the Argus Leader Right-Center Biased based on editorial positions that favor the Right and 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 Argus Leader launched as “The Argus” in 1881. It is a daily newspaper, which covers news, information and provides local journalism in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In 1887, through the merging of The Sioux Falls Argus and The Sioux Falls Leader, they became the Argus Leader. In 1955, John A. Kennedy purchased the paper and in 1963, Speidel Newspapers Inc., a chain of 13 daily and 5 Sunday papers acquired the paper. In 1977, Gannett purchased Speidel Newspapers Inc. According to the Washington Post, in 1977 this was the “the second-largest newspaper purchase in U.S. history.” Gannett still owns the paper today. Michael Klinski is the Digital news editor and Jeremy Fugleberg the Sioux Falls Business Journal Editor. You can view the staff list here.
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Funded by / Ownership
Currently, the Argus Leader is owned by Gannett and is a part of the USA TODAY Network. The paper generates revenue through advertising and subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Argus Leader endorsed, both in 2004 and 2008, Republicans George W. Bush and John McCain. In 2018, The Argus Leader endorsed Kristi Noem for the GOP gubernatorial nomination and according to KSFW-TV the Argus Leader called Kristi Noem a “loyal soldier for President Trump, helping to bring home the tax reform package as a member of the Ways and Means Committee.”
The Argus Leader uses minimal emotionally loaded headlines such as “President Trump tweets support for South Dakota during flooding” and “Gov. Kristi Noem signs Capitol carry, ‘In God We Trust’ school display into law.” Local news is covered through staff journalists and national news comes from the USA Today Network as well as the Associated Press. Further, the Argus Leader sources their information through quotes, first person accounts and credible sources such as the Huffington Post and Washington Post. In general, they report straight news with low bias, but have a right leaning editorial bias based on endorsements of Republican candidates.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate the Argus Leader Right-Center Biased based on editorial positions that favor the Right and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 5/3/2019)
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