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 using appeal 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, Deutsche Welle (DW) 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.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Germany 11/180
Founded in 1953, Deutsche Welle (DW) is Germany’s international radio and television broadcasting services, based in Bonn, Germany.
Funded by / Ownership
Deutsche Welle (DW) is funded by the German government. They state “DW is financed via funding from the state – i.e. from tax revenue. This is in contrast to the domestic public channels, which are funded via broadcasting fees.” They also disclose their finances through an annual report (2017).
Analysis / Bias
The German equivalent of prime minister is Chancellor and the current Chancellor of Germany is Angela Merkel, who leans center-right.
In review, Deutsche Welle (DW) publishes articles with emotionally loaded language such as “Germany’s Angela Merkel seen shaking for third time within weeks” and they also publish equally critical articles about the German center-left SPD (coalition partner): “German SPD’s record low in poll adds to strain on Merkel’s coalition” and “Is socialism the future for Germany’s ailing SPD?” On the issues, they report with the balance representing all sides, for example with this immigration article.
When it comes to sourcing Deutsche Welle (DW) often hyperlinks to itself as well as to credible sources through quotes such as AFP news agency. DW also utilizes Reuters, DPA (German news agency), Die Zeit (Left-Center Newspaper), Die Welt (Conservative ), and the Associated Press. When covering world news pertaining to the USA, they cover the Trump admin with a critical tone such as in this: “US President Donald Trump claims he’s ‘not a racist’ after the controversial remark.”
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Deutsche Welle (DW) 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. (8/15/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 7/27/2019)