These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate the Calgary Sun, Right Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the right and Mostly Factual for reporting, rather than High due to a lack of sourcing and scientific positions that do not align with the consensus of science.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: Canada 16/180
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Funded by / Ownership
The Calgary Sun is owned by PostMedia, which owns several right-leaning media outlets throughout Canada. According to a report in the left-leaning CanadaLand, PostMedia has directed its publications to be more “reliably conservative.” The newspaper is funded through advertising and subscription fees.
Chatham Asset Management, a New Jersey-based hedge fund holds a large equity stake in Postmedia and majority ownership of American Media Inc. which owns the National Enquirer. David Pecker, who owns American Media, Inc. joined the Postmedia board, and then resigned from the board of Postmedia in 2018, due to his involvement of hush payments on behalf of his “friends” including President Trump and Harvey Weinstein.
According to the National Observer, PostMedia is in a downward spiral. After Postmedia announced a $1.4M loss for the last quarter of 2018, Paul Godfrey stepped down as CEO of the Postmedia Network and was replaced by Andrew MacLeod, as of 1/10/2019. Godfrey will remain as executive chair. Godfrey was also criticized for cutting 800 full-time jobs across Postmedia in 2016, while earning an annual salary of $1.7 million. For a list of directors and upper management please see here.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Calgary Sun reports local news with minimal to moderate bias in wording such as this: Calgary mom charged with assaulting child while livestreaming video game. The Sun also re-publishes articles from credible sources such as the Associated Press, however, they poorly source their news and when they do, they utilize their flagship publication the Toronto Sun and rarely use hyperlinks. Further, The Sun also publishes their daily Sunshine Girls section, which is adapted from British tabloids.
Editorially, CEO Paul Godfrey, ordered all 16 major Postmedia papers, including the Calgary Sun to endorse Stephen Harper of the Conservative Party, in the 2015 federal elections. Further, when it comes to science, The Sun casts doubt on human-influenced climate change and thus rejects the consensus of science. Finally, editorials are frequently negative when reporting on liberals and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau such as this: Bell: Wounded Trudeau tries to save his butt.
A factual search reveals they have not failed an IFCN fact check.
Overall, we rate the Calgary Sun, Right Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the right and Mostly Factual for reporting, rather than High due to a lack of sourcing and scientific positions that do not align with the consensus of science. (D. Van Zandt 11/12/2016) Updated (12/18/2019)