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 Bellingham Herald Left-Center Biased based on left leaning editorial positions. 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 48/180
Established in 1890 as the tri-weekly Fairhaven Herald, the Bellingham Herald is a news website and newspaper based in Bellingham, Washington that serves Whatcom County. The paper features local and national news, opinion columns, business, entertainment and sport news. Currently, the General Manager and Executive Editor is Julie Shirley.
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Funded by / Ownership
The McClatchy Company owns The Bellingham Herald and Kevin S. McClatchy is the Director and Non-executive Chairman of the Board. The McClatchy Company is a publishing company based in Sacramento, California. They operate 29 daily newspapers in fourteen states with some notable newspapers being the Sacramento Bee, The Miami Herald and Charlotte Observer. Revenue is derived from subscriptions and advertisements. You can view their financial reports here.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Bellingham Herald covers local news through journalists, while national and international news is provided by other McClatchy publications as well as the Associated Press. News articles sometimes contain emotionally-charged headlines that have a critical tone towards the Trump administration such as in this article “Whatcom County asked Trump for $53K for Lynden rally security. A year later, no response.” However, most local news stories contain minimally biased wording such as this: Whatcom County’s cold temperatures may be to blame in fatal trailer fire. When it comes to sourcing, the Bellingham Herald often hyperlinks to itself as well as to credible sources such as the New York Times, Bloomberg and the University of Washington.
Editorially, the Bellingham Herald does not endorse Presidential candidates, however in 2016 they featured editorials that were highly critical of then Republican Candidate Donald Trump: I’m not in the mood for ‘unity.’ Trump’s still a bigot. In general, news reporting is factual with a left leaning editorial bias.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate the Bellingham Herald Left-Center Biased based on left leaning editorial positions. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 1/16/2020)
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