The Arizona Republic (AZ Central) is an American daily broadsheet newspaper published in Phoenix and circulated throughout Arizona. It is the state’s largest newspaper. The current editor is Nicole Carroll.
Funded by / Ownership
The Arizona Republic had been owned by Gannett (USA Today Network) until August 2019, when Gatehouse Media purchased and merged with them, becoming the largest newspaper chain in the USA. The newspaper is funded through advertising and paid subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Arizona Republic covers local and state news through journalists with minimal bias in story selection and wording: New law would make Arizona cities pay for raising the minimum wage. National news links directly to USA Today. In general, straight news reporting is low-biased and factual.
Editorially, the Arizona Republic has a long history of supporting Republican candidates. In fact, over the course of 120 years, they never endorsed a Democratic presidential candidate until 2016, when they endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Further, “In local elections, they have recently endorsed Democratic candidates such as former Arizona Governor, former Secretary of Homeland Security, and now President of the University of California Janet Napolitano and former Arizona Congressman Harry Mitchell.”
Next, a review of their Op-Ed page also demonstrates a left-leaning bias with articles such as this: Jeff Flake says he will not call Donald Trump a racist. He should. Lastly, we reviewed the editorials and found a reasonable balance, with 6 out of 10 favoring the left.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Arizona Republic Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left and liberal Democratic candidates. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check record. (5/15/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 06/02/2021)
Last Updated on June 2, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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