These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
- Overall, we rate the Belleville News-Democrat Least Biased with a slight leftward lean editorially. 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 1858, The Belleville News-Democrat is a daily broadsheet newspaper in Belleville, Illinois, focusing on news that is local to southwestern Illinois. The current editor is Jeffry Couch.
Funded by / Ownership
The Belleville News-Democrat has been owned by the McClatchy Company since 2006. McClatchy operates 29 daily newspapers in fourteen states and has an average weekday circulation of 1.6 million and Sunday circulation of 2.4 million. The newspaper is funded through subscriptions and advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Belleville News-Democrat covers local news through journalists and with minimal bias such as this: Man robbed at gunpoint by coworker, two men she brought to motel room, police say. National News is derived from the Associated Press and political news from wire services and McClatchyDC. All information is properly sourced to credible media outlets. Editorially, the Belleville News-Democrat has endorsed Democratic Presidential candidates such as Barack Obama in 2008. Their Op-Ed page also tends to slightly favor left-leaning positions. In general, the Belleville News-Democrat reports news accurately and with low bias, however editorially there is a slight lean left.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate the Belleville News-Democrat Least Biased with a slight leftward lean editorially. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 2/19/2019) Updated (12/08/2020)