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.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: TV Station
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1953, Deutsche Welle (DW) is Germany’s international radio and television broadcasting service, based in Bonn, Germany.
Deutsche Welle (DW) focuses on news, politics, sports, entertainment, business, and technology. Its director is Peter Limbourg, and Ines Pohl is the editor-in-chief of Deutsche Welle (DW).
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Funded by / Ownership
The German government funds Deutsche Welle (DW). 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
In review, Deutsche Welle (DW) publishes articles with emotionally loaded language such as “Germany’s Angela Merkel seen shaking for third time within weeks.” 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 and 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 former Trump admin with a critical tone, such as in this: “US President Donald Trump claims he’s ‘not a racist’ after the controversial remark.”
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
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 05/15/2022)
Last Updated on May 22, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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