These media sources are slight to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appeals 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.
Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
The Argus Leader launched as “The Argus” in 1881. It is a daily newspaper covering news information and providing local journalism in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In 1887, by merging 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 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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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. 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 and 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.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
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) Updated (02/25/2022)
Last Updated on May 12, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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