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.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1901, The Houston Chronicle is the largest daily newspaper in Houston, Texas. They have won numerous awards including being finalists in several Pulitzer categories. The current editor is Nancy Barnes.
Funded by / Ownership
The Houston Chronicle is owned by the Hearst Corporation, which owns a wide variety of newspapers, magazines, television stations, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Cosmopolitan and Esquire. It owns 50% of broadcasting firm A&E Networks, and 20% of the sports broadcaster ESPN with partner The Walt Disney Company. The newspaper is funded though advertising and subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Houston Chronicle covers local news via journalists and national/international news through the Associated Press. There is minimal use of loaded language in news coverage and all information is properly sourced. Editorially, the Houston Chronicle typically endorses Democratic candidates such as Hillary Clinton for President in 2016 and Beto O’Rourke for Senate over Republican Ted Cruz. However, the Chronicle does not always support Democratic candidates as seen by a consistent support for Republicans up until 2004 and then again in 2012 for Mitt Romney. While editorials do cover both sides, more tend to favor the left such as this one: Trump can’t deny deadly wildfires’ link to climate change.
A factual search reveals the Houston Chronicle has not failed a fact check by an IFCN fact checker.
Overall, we rate the Houston Chronicle Left-Center biased based on editorial position and High for factual reporting. (5/16/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 11/14/2018)