These media sources are slight to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appeals to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate BizNews as Right-Center biased based on story selection and editorial content that moderately favors the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a few failed fact checks.
Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: South Africa
MBFC Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
Launched in August 2013 by Alec Hogg, Biznews.com is a news website based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Hogg writes and edits Biznews.com. Biznews covers a range of topics, including national news, business, health, and energy. The platform also features podcasts and webinars.
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Funded by / Ownership
BizNews is owned by its founder, Alec Hogg. In 2019, Arena Holdings acquired a strategic shareholding in Biznews.com. The website generates revenue through advertising, sponsored content, and membership subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
Biznews.com primarily focuses on business and financial news, emphasizing South African and international markets. Their “Investment” section includes subsections on Asset Management, Global Citizen, Global Investing, SA Investing, and Wealth Advisors, offering insights on asset management, global investment opportunities, investing in South Africa, and wealth advisory services.
Biznews also publishes national news and information. For example, a recent article titled “Race incident at Cape Town pub catches attention of EFF” highlights the response of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), a Pan-African socialist and leftist political party. The article demonstrates bias in favor of the EFF and portrays the pub in question negatively. Emotionally loaded language such as “blatant racism,” “criminalization,” and “racial profiling” is used in the article. The article primarily sources statements from the EFF and video footage circling on social media.
Another article published on Biznews criticizes Cyril Ramaphosa: “How world sees SA: Ramaphosa’s ICC gaffe underscores Putin quandary – FT”. In this article, the primary source of information is from the Financial Times, which is critical of Ramaphosa.
While the website covers many topics, it tends to lean right in its editorial perspective and has published unproven and misleading claims related to climate change and Covid-19.
Failed Fact Checks
- “There’s no emergency” referring to climate change. – Misleading
- The Covid-19 pathogen has a genetic footprint that has never been observed in a natural coronavirus. – Unproven
Overall, we rate BizNews as Right-Center biased based on story selection and editorial content that Moderately favors the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a few failed fact checks. (M. Huitsing 05/11/2023)
Last Updated on May 11, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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