These media sources are moderate 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 information reporting 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 Mostly Factual in reporting due to poor sourcing of information but a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Press Freedom Rating: EXCELLENT
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded by Lord Henry Tindal and beer magnate Gerard Adriaan Heineken in 1893, De Telegraaph is a Dutch tabloid daily newspaper. After Tindal died in 1902, Dutch newspaper publisher and wartime Nazi sympathizer Hendrikus Marinus Cornelis (Hak) Holdert purchased De Telegraaf.
De Telegraaf is headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It focuses on sensational celebrity gossip news, crime stories, sports, lifestyle, entertainment, and 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.
Funded by / Ownership
The newspaper and website are 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 report, please see here. De Telegraph generates revenue through advertisements and subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
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, indicating the Netherlands is 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: “8.5 percent of those suspected of an offense were immigrants”; however, there isn’t a hyperlinked source to support this claim.
Articles about USA politics sometimes use a favorable tone for former 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 being given to media companies. In general, news reporting is poorly sourced with a strong right-leaning bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate De Telegraaf Right Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that strongly favor the right. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting due to poor sourcing of information but a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 12/15/2019) Updated (05/09/2022)
Last Updated on May 22, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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