Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: India 142/180
India Today is an Indian news magazine and website founded by Vidya Vilas Purie in 1975. Madhu Purie Trehan is the founding editor in chief of India Today which covers topics ranging from politics, policy, entertainment, and more.
Funded by / Ownership
India Today is owned by the India Today Group and published by Living Media. Revenue is derived through advertising and subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
India Today reports international news with low biased wording and they source properly to credible mainstream media sources such as Reuters. The current Prime Minister of India is Narendra Modi, who is the head of the conservative Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Editorially, India Today rarely criticizes Modi and often reports favorable on him such as this PM Narendra Modi crosses 60mn followers on Twitter. In general international news is reported factually, while national news holds a right-center bias in favor of the current government.
Failed Fact Checks
- 55-year-old teacher being harassed and abused by his students in an online class – False
- Brazilian fans pelting eggs and stones at Brazil’s team bus following its exit from the World Cup. – False
- Elephant was ‘fed’ a pineapple with firecrackers and that the incident took place in Kerala’s Malappuram district. – FALSE
- Blue moon is occurring after 76 years – False
Overall, we rate India Today Right-Center Biased based on editorial positions that favor the conservative government. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a few failed fact checks. (M. Huitsing 9/5/2017) Updated (8/03/2020)