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 Charlotte Observer Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that advocate for liberal policy. 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
Founded in 1886, The Charlotte Observer is a newspaper serving Charlotte, North Carolina, and its metro area. It has the largest circulation in North Carolina and South Carolina. They have won 5 Pulitzer prizes in their history. The current editor is Sherry Chisenhall.
Funded by / Ownership
The Charlotte Observer is owned by The McClatchy Company, which owns numerous papers across the United States, including the Fresno Bee and the Kansas City Star. Revenue is derived from advertising and subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Charlotte Observer covers local news through journalists with minimal bias such as this: Microsoft to invest $24 million in Charlotte campus, creating over 400 high-paying jobs. National and international news is republished from the Associated Press. The website also features a politics section that covers local and national politics, with many national stories coming from McClatchy DC.
Editorially, the Charlotte Observer has endorsed Democratic Presidential Candidates for over 40 years. A review, of op-ed’s also favors liberal policy over conservative. In general, news is reported factually and with minimal bias, while op-eds tend to lean left.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate the Charlotte Observer Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that advocate for liberal policy. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 5/16/2016) Updated (10/25/2019)