The Arizona Sun Times is a news and opinion website with a right-leaning bias in reporting. According to their about page, “We feature articles reporting news, politics, and policy at the state level, primarily from Arizona. We round out our daily coverage with national stories and thoughtful commentary of interest to our readers.” According to an investigation by Snopes, The Arizona Sun Times is not a local newspaper but rather a front for “Tea Party-connected conservative activists: Michael Patrick Leahy and Christina Botteri.” Snopes details connections to conservative donors and PACS as well.
Funded by / Ownership
The Arizona Sun Times is a “Delaware-registered company, Star News Digital Media, Inc., whose explicit strategy is to target battleground states with conservative news.” Under this company are the Ohio Star, Michigan Star, Battlegroundstatenews.com, and Tennessee Star, which are essentially duplicates of the Minnesota Sun with local news. Revenue appears to be generated from advertising; however, Snopes explains how they are funded.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Arizona Sun Times presents news with a conservative bias through story selection that usually favors the right. All articles are properly sourced and generally use credible mainstream sources. There is some use of loaded words within news stories, but not excessive.
Editorially, the Arizona Sun Times has a strong right-leaning bias with frequent use of strong, emotionally loaded words that favor the right and denigrate the left, such as this Commentary: The State of the Debt. Although The Arizona Sun Times is right-biased and generally factual, we cannot rate them High for factual reporting due to the source being exposed as a political activism website attempting to look like a local paper. For this reason, we rate them factually Mixed based on a lack of transparency and the promotion of propaganda.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate The Arizona Sun Times as Right biased and questionable based on a lack of transparency and acting as a propaganda imposter website through deceptive publishing tactics. (D. Van Zandt 02/06/2023)
Last Updated on May 12, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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