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.
- Overall, we rate Die Welt Right-Center biased based on story selection that slightly favors the right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Germany 11/180
Founded in 1946 by the British Forces, Die Welt (“The World”) is a daily newspaper based in Berlin, Germany. It has a Sunday edition called Welt am Sonntag. In 2015, Die Welt restructured through a merger with TV channel N24 and became a multimedia news company.
Die Welt focuses on news, politics, sports, entertainment, business, technology, and publishes in-depth interviews with politicians, as well as articles on investigative reporting. Currently, its editor-in-chief is Dagmar Rosenfeld.
Read our profile on Germany’s media and government.
Funded by / Ownership
Die Welt is owned by Axel Springer SE, which owns numerous publications include Bild, Business Insider, and Fakt. Revenue is derived through subscriptions and advertisements. Financial annual reports of Axel Springer can be found here.
Analysis / Bias
In 2020 Reporters Without Borders ranked Germany 11th out of 180 countries in their Press Freedom Index. They report that Germany has “strong constitutional guarantees, but pressure from the right.” The German equivalent of Prime Minister is the Chancellor. The current Chancellor of Germany is Angela Merkel, who leans center-right.
In review, Die Welt publishes articles with emotionally loaded language such as “New York Times” explains the German exception.” The article states “How does Germany succeed? Experts give five reasons – one has to do with Angela Merkel.” Die Welt also publishes articles with a critical tone about German center-left SPD co-leader Norbert Walter-Borjans, and his tax policy: “(Calculate) with Norbert Walter-Borjans.” On the issues, they report with balance, representing all sides. For example, this story on immigration reports only the facts from surveys conducted in Germany regarding immigration: The majority of Germans think there is too much immigration.
When it comes to sourcing Die Welt often hyperlinks to itself as well as to credible sources such as the New York Times, and sources to lesser-known, but high factual sites such as de.statista, and world population review. When covering world news, pertaining to the USA, they cover the Trump administration with a critical tone such as in this article “US President Donald Trump claims he’s ‘not a racist’ after controversial remark.”
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Die Welt Right-Center biased based on story selection that slightly favors the right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 5/19/2020)
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