Last updated on July 31st, 2020 at 09:47 am
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 Catch News Left-Center biased based on story selection that slightly favors the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting due to occasional sensational and clickbait type stories.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: 142/180
Launched in 2015, Catch News is an English language, Indian news, and media website based in New Delhi, India. Catch News focuses on news, politics, sports, culture, local and international news, entertainment, Bollywood gossip, and technology. They describe their purpose in their own words as “to filter and provide news-on-the-run for an impatient new generation.” The current Editor is Bharat Bhushan.
Funded by / Ownership
The Patrika group is the owner of the site and the founder of the group is Karpoor Chandra Kulish. When he passed away in 2006 his son, Gulab Kothari, became the Chairman of the Patrika Group and his grandchildren Nihar and Siddharth Kothari are in charge of the company. Catch News generates revenue from online advertising and subscriptions. The Bureau of Outreach & Communication details the guidelines for Government advertising, which consists of a significant portion of advertising revenue for Indian Newspapers.
Analysis / Bias
In 2019, Reporters Without Borders ranked India 140/180 in their Press Freedom Index. According to The Wire “most newspapers in India would be completely unprofitable were it not for government advertising and other kinds of rent that they are able to collect. Bloomberg reports “India’s government spent $640 million on advertisements.” Therefore, it is crucial for the media to be close to the ruling government.
In review, Catch News publishes articles with emotionally loaded language and with critical Narendra Modi tone (Current Prime Minister and right-wing nationalist party BJP leader) such as “Narendra Modi’s Republic of Fear” and “Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Statue Of Unity: Modi Ji, instead upon the statue, here’s how you could have used Rs 3000 crore.”
The Economic Times India reports that due to its political ideology (The group that owns Catch News as well as its sister publication, Rajasthan Patrika), Patrika claimed a sharp decline in government advertisements with a quote that reads “both display and classified ads issued by the state had dipped to all-time lows and this was affecting its circulation too.”
Recently, however, the tone is more neutral towards PM Modi, such as this republished story from ANI news agency “PM Modi plants saplings in Parliament as part of plantation drive.”
When it comes to sourcing, Catch News often hyperlinks to itself as well as republishes articles from Indian news agencies such as ANI news agency and PTI (The Press Trust of India Ltd.). Further, they occasionally publish sensational stories under the section “Bizarre news” which is poorly sourced and consists of clickbait headlines: “Believe it or not! Watch how raw chicken jumps out of dish prepared at restaurant; netizens left shocked!”
When covering world news pertaining to the USA, they cover the Trump administration with a relatively neutral tone such as this: “US President Donald Trump presents Pakistan PM Imran Khan a cricket bat at White House”.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Catch News Left-Center biased based on story selection that slightly favors the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting due to occasional sensational and clickbait type stories. (M. Huitsing 7/29/2019) Updated (7/31/2020)