- Overall, we rate the Columbus Dispatch Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the left. 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 45/180
Founded in 1871, the Columbus Dispatch is a daily newspaper from Columbus, Ohio. The current editor and general manager is Alan D. Miller.
Funded by / Ownership
The Columbus Dispatch is owned by Gannett (Gatehouse Media), which publishes USA Today. In August 2019, Gatehouse Media purchased and merged with Gannett becoming the largest newspaper chain in the USA. After the merger, the companies retained the Gannett name. The newspaper is funded through advertising and paid subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Columbus Dispatch reports local news through reporters with minimal bias such as this Coronavirus: What the move to online classes means for students, faculty, schools. National and international news is mostly derived from the Associated Press and USA Today
Editorially, the Columbus Dispatch has always supported Republican candidates. However, in 2016 they broke this tradition and endorsed Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden in 2020 Editorial: Biden can reunite, restart America. Today, the Op-Ed pages tend to slightly favor the left by only a slight margin. Although reasonably balanced some editorials strongly favor the left such as this Editorial: On COVID and climate, denialism is deadly. In general, the Columbus Dispatch reports news factually and with reasonable balance.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate the Columbus Dispatch Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 7/29/2016) Updated (2/11/2021)