These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appeals to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased sources.
- Overall, we rate De Standaard Least Biased based on balanced story selection and editorial positions that slightly lean right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Launched in 1918, De Standaard is a Dutch-language Belgian newspaper based in Brussels, Belgium. It was founded by Frans Van Cauwelaert and provides business, technology, financial, lifestyle, national, and international news.
Read our profile on Belgium media and government.
Funded by / Ownership
Mediahuis owns De Standaard, and its revenue is derived from subscriptions and advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, De Standaard uses emotionally loaded wording in their headlines, such as “Why inflation will remain high for a long time to come” and “Minister Demir receives permanent police protection.”
De Standaard reports political news in a neutral tone; for example, the second article above concerns farmers and their protest against the Flemish government’s nitrogen plans. Ms. Demir is currently the Flemish minister, and she is from the Nationalist center-right New Flemish Alliance Party. De Standaard also maintains a neutral tone when reporting on Center Left Social Democratic party Vooruit.
When it comes to sourcing international news, they provide circular links typically to themselves or source through quotes; in other words, they do not source from outside media outlets. Generally, news reporting is factual; however, some stories are not sourced with hyperlinks. Op-eds are reasonably balanced with slightly more favoring the right such as this Is Joe Biden Too Old? and The U.S. Chief Justices Are Not Activist.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate De Standaard Least Biased based on balanced story selection and editorial positions that slightly lean right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact-check record. (M. Huitsing 06/29/2022)
Last Updated on June 29, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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