These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in 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 conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate India.com Right-Center Biased based on story selection that tends to favor the right-leaning Government. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High, due to sensational headlines and occasional use of poor sourcing techniques.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: India 142/180
India.com is an Indian news and media website based in Mumbai, India. India.com was launched in 2011 by Zee Media, which is an Indian mass media company owned by the Essel Group.
The website focuses on news, politics, sports, culture and entertainment, lifestyle and Bollywood Gossip. In their own words, they describe themselves as “Indiatimes is the world’s largest lifestyle network.” Subhash Chandra is the Chairperson and founder of Zee media.
Funded by / Ownership
Zee Media is the owner of India.com which is an Indian mass media company owned by the Essel Group. Founded in 1926, Essel Group is India’s largest media and entertainment group and Subhash Chandra is the chairperson of the group. Revenue is based on advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In 2019 Reporters Without Borders ranked India 140 out of 180 in their Press Freedom Index, stating “Violence against journalists – including police violence, attacks by Maoist fighters, and reprisals by criminal groups or corrupt politicians – is one of the most striking characteristics of the current state of press freedom in India.”
In review, India.com publishes articles with emotionally loaded language and with a pro-Narendra Modi tone (Current Prime Minister and right-wing nationalist party BJP leader) such as “US Billionaire Ray Dalio Calls Narendra Modi ‘One Of The Best Leaders’ in The World.” However, they also cover the opposition’s critics of the Modi Government such as “Modi-Shah Not Bothered That CAA Will Shred India’s Soul, Sonia Gandhi at Bharat Bachao Rally | Highlights”. India.com also uses sensational headlines while covering Bollywood celebrity gossip such as “Shehnaz Gill Calls Paras Chhabra Her ‘First Love’, Siddharth Shukla Licks Off Chocolate From Arti Singh.” When it comes to sourcing, they hyperlink to themselves as well as utilizing PTI (The Press Trust of India Ltd.,) news agency.
When covering world news pertaining to the USA, they tend to cover the Trump administration with a neutral tone such as “Donald Trump Becomes 3rd President in US History to be Impeached.”
Failed Fact Checks
- Viral screenshots of tweets claiming actor Sushant Singh Rajput took to Twitter to inform everyone about his mental health and hinted at, ‘ending everything’ – False
Overall, we rate India.com Right-Center Biased based on story selection that tends to favor the right-leaning Government. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High, due to sensational headlines and occasional use of poor sourcing techniques. (M. Huitsing 12/21/2019) Updated (7/31/2020)