These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased sources.
- Overall, we rate the Financial Times Least Biased based on balanced reporting and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: United Kingdom
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1888, The Financial Times (FT) is an English-language international broadsheet daily newspaper with a special emphasis on business and economic news. The paper originates from London, UK. The current editor is Lionel Barber.
According to the Global Capital Markets Survey, which measures readership habits amongst most senior financial decision-makers in the world’s largest financial institutions, the Financial Times is considered the most important business read, reaching 36% of the sample population, 11% more than The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), its main rival.
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Funded by / Ownership
The Financial Times is owned by The Nikkei, a Japanese news and financial information company that publishes the leading financial paper, The Nikkei. The FT generates revenue through subscriptions, a hard paywall, and advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Financial Times primarily reports economic news with a minimally biased tone such as this: Trump calls on China to drop levies on US farm products. This story, like all others on the website, is appropriately sourced. Editorially, the Financial Times sticks to economics and how politics impacts it. There is, again, minimal bias in reporting. Further, a Reuters institute survey found that 56% of respondents trust their news coverage and 12% do not, ranking them #4 in trust of the major UK news providers. In general, FT reports straight news with minimal bias and proper sourcing.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the Financial Times Least Biased based on balanced reporting and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check. (12/11/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 3/23/2022)
Last Updated on May 24, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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