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 appealing 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 Times Right-Center biased based on story selection that slightly favors the right and Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing and overly sensationalized headlines.
Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MIXED
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MODERATE FREEDOM
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
Launched in 1998, India Times is an Indian news and media website based in India. The focus of the website is on news, politics, sports, culture and entertainment, lifestyle, Bollywood Gossip, and technology. In their own words, they describe themselves as “Indiatimes is the world’s largest lifestyle network.” The Times Group owns the India Times via its digital arm, Times Internet. Indu Jain is the Chairperson of The Times Group, and the CEO of Times Internet is Gautam Sinha.
Funded by / Ownership
The Times Group (Bennett Coleman and Company Limited) owns Times Internet (digital venture of the Times Group), which owns many brands under its umbrella, including the India Times. The Times Group is India’s largest media and entertainment group.
In 2018, exchange4media conducted an interview with the CEO of Times Internet, Gautam Sinha, who stated that revenue is derived from “Advertisements, classifieds, transactions, subscriptions.” The Bureau of Outreach & Communication details the guidelines for Government advertising, which consists of a significant portion of advertising revenue for Indian Newspapers.
Analysis / Bias
In review, India Times 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 “From Bill Gates To SRK, Here’s The Star-Studded Guest List Of PM Modi’s Oath-Taking Ceremony” and “Maldives To Confer PM Narendra Modi With Country’s Highest Honour ‘Nishan Izzuddeen’.”
They also republish articles from the right-leaning The Times of India, such as “Fasten Your Seatbelt For Bharat 2.0! Twinkle Khanna Blogs About BJP’s Win & Why Liberals Failed”. Further, they are also critical of the government and the opposition: “We May Dream Of Clean Politics, But In Reality 43% Of New MPs Have Criminal Cases Against Them, Including Rape & Murder.” Finally, the website also publishes listicles and under the news section, they publish “weird news,” which is poorly sourced and utilizes sensational headlines.
When it comes to sourcing information, India Times often hyperlinks to itself as well as utilizes government sources such as ncrb.gov.in and other credible sources like Gizmodo.
When covering world news about the USA, they cover the former Trump administration with a positive tone such as this: “Great Things In Store’: US President Donald Trump Congratulates PM Narendra Modi On ‘Big’ Win.”
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate India Times Right-Center biased based on story selection that slightly favors the right and Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing and overly sensationalized headlines. (M. Huitsing 6/20/2019) Updated (01/09/2023)
Last Updated on May 26, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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