These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appealing to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Der Standard 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.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: Austria (18/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1988 by Oscar Bronner, Der Standard is an Austrian daily newspaper published in Vienna, Austria. Der Standard focuses on business, politics, culture, economy, science, education, health, and more. Oscar Bronner owns the paper, and Martin Kotynekis is the editor-in-chief. Senior editors are Dr. Eric Frey (Textchef), Dr. Gudrun Harrer, Thomas Mayer, and Peter Mayr, the reader representative.
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Funded by / Ownership
Der Standard is owned and published by the Oscar Bronner Family (Oscar Bronner, Dr. Andrea Bronner, Laura Bronner, Leonard Bronner) and generates revenue based on subscriptions and advertisements.
Analysis / Bias
Der Standard publishes interviews with politicians such as this interview titled “Vilimsky: “In any case, I respect the opinion of Hungarians and Poles” with a leading FPÖ politician from the far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) and also a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Austria, Harald Vilimsky. Questions range from LGBTQI law in Hungary to the parties’ alleged relationship with Russia.
Der Standard’s coverage of national politics, particularly regarding Sebastian Kurz, who is the current Chancellor and the leader of the Populist right-wing The Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), is critical in tone and wording. For example, in this article, the columnist likens him to the far-right Prime Minister of Hungary Victor Orban through calling him Orban Light, “In short and the politics of the “Orbán light.” Another example of negative reporting is this “The Chancellor has perfected the role of victim and is apparently striving for a special legal status.”
On issues such as immigration, their coverage is positive and balanced “How the pandemic affects migration.” They also promote environmentalism. Their coverage of the opposition SPÖ party leader Pamela Rendi-Wagner (Center-Left) is republished by The Austria Press Agency (APA), such as “Rendi-Wagner wants to continue despite her meager re-election result,” which is slightly negative. Lastly, Der Standard covers the Biden Administration positively as in this article, “Is Joe Biden at the height of his power?” Der Standard typically sources to themselves and uses quotes; however, they also utilize credible sources such as AFP, BBC, and The Austria Press Agency (APA). In general, Der Standard reports news factually and with a left-leaning editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Der Standard 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. (M. Huitsing 7/6/2021)
Last Updated on July 6, 2021 by Media Bias Fact Check
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