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 the Austin American-Statesman Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1871, The Austin American-Statesman is the major daily newspaper for Austin, the capital city of Texas. The current editor is John Bridges.
Funded by / Ownership
The Austin American-Statesman is owned by Gannett (Gatehouse Media), which publishes USA Today. In August 2019, Gatehouse Media purchased and merged with Gannett becoming the largest newspaper chain in the USA. After the merger, the companies retained the Gannett name. The newspaper is funded through advertising and paid subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Austin American-Statesman publishes local news through reporters with minimal use of loaded emotional language such as this: Fires set as Austin protests against police violence spread, scatter. National and international news is republished through the Associated Press and other USA Today Network stories.
Editorially, the Austin American-Statesman has endorsed Democratic Presidential candidates more often than Republicans. However, during the last two elections, they did not endorse a candidate. In general, the news is reported factually and with a slight left-leaning editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
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Overall, we rate the Austin American-Statesman Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 7/12/2017) Updated (5/31/2020)