de Volkskrant

Last updated on May 10th, 2020 at 03:02 pm

de Volkskrant - Right Center Bias - Conservative - CredibleFactual Reporting: High - Credible - Reliable


These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in 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 conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.

Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Netherlands 3/180

Notes: Founded in 1919, de Volkskrant is a Dutch daily morning newspaper based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. De Volkskrant covers a wide range of topics including national news pertaining to the Netherlands, world news and magazine-style stories typically focused on arts, entertainment and culture through mostly interviews with national celebrities: “Arie Boomsma: ‘That my hair and my beard turn gray, I’ll be happy. Baldness is different.”

Philippe Remarque is the current editor-in-chief.  De Volkskrant is owned by Belgian publishing company De Persgroep which owns media assets in Belgium, Denmark, and the Netherlands. The firm is owned by the Van Thillo family.  The paper is subscription based and we could only view 7 articles for this review.

In review, their political articles often utilize emotionally loaded headlines such as: “The angry white man wants his masculinity back.” In this article they interview Jordan B. Peterson, who according to Vox, is a psychology professor at the University of Toronto and also a right-wing internet celebrity who has claimed that feminists have “an unconscious wish for brutal male domination.” A direct quote from the article in de Volkskrant describes Jordan B. Peterson as “Peterson, who is currently regarded as the most important advocate of the young white man in crisis.”

De Volkskrant utilizes sources such as NRC Handelsblad in their national articles and also summarizes articles from the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Economist. They also publish an Opinion blog section that utilizes emotionally loaded language in their headlines: “The Netherlands was not at the American Embassy in Jerusalem. ‘That’s cowardly behavior’”   and “Export champion Netherlands trumps world trade – and not everyone is happy about that.”

De Volkskrant has been described as left leaning by several sources. states that de Volskrant is left-wing-liberal in orientation and Media Landscape Media claims their political stance as “Left oriented; although less pronounced in recent years”

Read our profile on the Netherlands government and media.

Overall, from the articles we were able to review, we rate their political bias Right-Center due to story selection that slightly favors the right through policy and word choices. We also rate them High in factual reporting due to proper sourcing. (M. Huitsing 5/14/2018)


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