These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using an 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 Independent Record as Least Biased due to a mostly balanced editorial page and High for factual reporting based on proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1867, the Independent Record is a print newspaper serving the Helena area of Montana.
Funded by / Ownership
The paper is owned by Lee Enterprises, which according to Open Secrets, has donated 88% of its money to Republican politicians since 1990. Revenue is derived through advertising and subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Independent Record covers local news with journalists and reporters throughout the Helena region. For national news, they use the Associated Press. All news is reported with minimal loaded words and bias. The Independent Record always sources its information properly.
Editorially, there is a balance between right and left-leaning opinions with just a slight edge to the right. In general, they report news factually and with little bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years.
Overall, we rate the Independent Record as Least Biased due to a mostly balanced editorial page and High for factual reporting based on proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (D. Van Zandt 4/15/2018) Updated (01/08/2023)
Last Updated on January 8, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check