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 De Telegraaf Right Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that strongly favor the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing of information.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: Netherlands 4/180
Founded by Lord Henry Tindal and beer magnate Gerard Adriaan Heineken in 1893, De Telegraaph is a Dutch tabloid daily newspaper. After Tindal’s death, in 1902, Dutch newspaper publisher and wartime Nazi sympathizer Hendrikus Marinus Cornelis (Hak) Holdert purchased De Telegraaf.
De Telegraaf is headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands and it focuses on sensational celebrity gossip news, crime stories, sports, lifestyle and entertainment as well as national and international news with extensive use of images. Currently, the editor-in-chief is Paul Jansen, the CEO is Rien van Beemen. For De Telegraaf group management, please see here.
Read our profile on the Netherlands government and media.
Funded by / Ownership
The newspaper and website is owned by Telegraaf Media Groep (TMG). In 2017, Mediahuis acquired Telegraaf Media Groep. See the timeline of the acquisition here. For the TMG semi-annual 2017 report, please see here. De Telegraph generates revenue through advertisements and subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
In 2019, Reporters Without Borders ranked the Netherlands 4th in their Press Freedom Index. The report states “The government supports a free press inside and outside the country. Journalists are generally protected by a robust legal framework that extends to the confidentiality of sources.”
The center-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) leader Mark Rutte is the current Prime Minister of the Netherlands. During recent elections, Dutch alt-right, anti-immigration and eurosceptic Thierry Baudet of the Forum for Democracy (FvD) party made gains in local elections, which may indicate the Netherlands moving further to the right politically.
In review, De Telegraph covers the Forum for Democracy (FvD) (Dutch far right party) leader Thierry Baudet and other figureheads favorably. They also cover sensationalized celebrity gossip such as this: “Fajah shows her boyfriend for the first time”
When reporting world news, De Telegraaf utilizes emotionally loaded language in their headlines such as “Corbyn makes an excuse to Labor voters”. This story does not provide hyperlinks to outside sources. They also use loaded emotional headlines when covering immigration such as this: “8.5 percent of those suspected of an offense were immigrants”, however there isn’t a hyperlinked source to support this claim. Articles pertaining to USA politics sometimes uses a favorable tone for President Trump such as: “Donald Trump: “Well come on, impeach me!” . In 2018, according to Reuters, a van drove into the office of De Telegraaf, which caused damage to the entrance and resulted in extra protection to be given to media companies. In general, news reporting is poorly sourced with a strong right leaning bias.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate De Telegraaf Right Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that strongly favor the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing of information. (M. Huitsing 12/15/2019)
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