These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal 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 liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate ARTE Left-Center Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual rather than High due to a lack of sourcing.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: France 34/180
Initiated in 1990 by F. Mitterand and H. Kohl when they signed an agreement to increase cooperation between the two countries, ARTE was founded as a Franco-German television channel. ARTE is now a European cultural TV network, and it is made up of two original members, ARTE France and ARTE Deutschland TV GmbH. They have one central office based in Strasbourg France as well as 10 European partners. Currently, Peter Boudgoust is the president.
ARTE produces a diverse range of cultural programs, documentaries, magazine shows, concerts, short video clips about politics, and more. ARTE broadcasts in six languages; French, German, English, Spanish, Polish and Italian,
Funded by / Ownership
ARTE is funded by a combination of public funding (95%) through TV license fees which come from France and Germany and they are also co-funded by the European Union. ARTE is a GEIE/EEIG, or European Economic Interest Grouping (legal entity that enables cross-border alliances in the EU) and owned by The two-member companies, which are ARTE France and ARTE Deutschland TV GmbH. As a public channel, ARTE states that they do not run any advertising, but they also state they “may generate some income of its own” mainly through sponsorships.
Analysis / Bias
In 2020 Reporters Without Borders ranked Germany 11/180 in their Press Freedom Index, and France 34/180.
Read our profile on France’s media and government and Germany’s media and government.
In review, Arte reports 15% of their programs are news-related and their news coverage, particularly in regards to Germany, has a biased tone such as in this short video “Europe is Swamped with Migrants.” where they tackle Euromyths regarding immigration problems and Mass immigration to Estonia and Europe. In this video, ARTE uses emotionally loaded language describing Estonia such as this quote from the video “No offense to Estonia but it is not an attractive country, it is Germany that is taken over half of the new asylum seekers.” Another one is titled “Euromyth No. 2 Germany Controls Europe” where ARTE states “Some see Angela Merkel as a dominant figure in Europe with Germany imposing its will over other EU member states” and they conclude “Germany has just one vote in the Council, the same as any other member state.” On the contrary, Angela Merkel is often dubbed as the “new leader of the free world”. According to Sueddeutsche, Germany is said to have more key positions in the European Commission than any other European country, and Germany is “considered Europe’s strongest nation, both politically and economically. “
The last video from the politics and society section, we analyzed is “A Populist Future Euromyth No 12” where they conclude, It is not a myth that “EU populist parties are on the rise with the far-right making significant gains by exploiting the migrant crisis.” and “It’s up to European citizens in European elections to decide what kind of Europe they want.”
ARTE also produces documentaries which are 55% of the programs such as “Re: The Fall of Hasankeyf Historic Remains Threatened by Rising Waters”, which is bringing awareness to the 12,000 years old Turkish heritage site of Hasankeyf, that is threatened by a hydroelectric dam. Another documentary we reviewed is about high-tech surveillance systems that are used by Europe, The United States, and China “7 Billion Suspects The Surveillance Society”. The rest of the programs are 25% feature films and 5% featuring the performing arts.
Editorially, they are pro-EU and promote liberal perspectives such as Feminism, Screaming Against Patriarchy and pro-environmental positions such as this Europe is Letting Our Planet Die.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate ARTE Left-Center Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual rather than High due to a lack of sourcing. (M. Huitsing 6/19/2020)
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