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 KATU.com slightly Right-Center Biased based on editorial positions and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Launched in 1962, KATU-TV is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Portland, Oregon, United States. KATU.com is the associated website that reports on news, sports, weather, entertainment, and crime for the greater Portland area.
Funded by / Ownership
KATU-TV is owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, which is a publicly-traded American telecommunications company that is controlled by the family of company founder Julian Sinclair Smith. The company is the largest television station operator in the United States by the number of stations, and largest by total coverage; owning or operating a total of 193 stations across the country in over 100 markets (covering 40% of American households), many of which are located in the South and Midwest.
Sinclair has been scrutinized by multiple media outlets for consistently favoring conservative politics. They are considered a rival to right biased Fox News for the conservative audience. The Seattle Times has written a piece documenting Sinclair’s right-leaning bias. Further, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (Open Secrets) the Sinclair Broadcast Group has donated approximately 80% to Republican candidates since 1994.
Finally, in March 2018, Sinclair ordered its stations to produce promos with an “anchor delivered journalistic responsibility message” dictated by the company. The wording of the mandated script was criticized by some station news staff and outside pundits for its discussion of “fake news” with some critics arguing that the message used similar language and rhetoric to that of Donald Trump. Trump responded to the promos on April 2, 2018, defending the company as being “far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke.”
Revenue is generated through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Katu.com reports local news on the website with minimal bias such as this: Crews in Mosier Creek Fire fight brace for triple-digit temperatures. National and World news is syndicated through the Associated Press. Editorially, op-eds tend to favor the right, with minimal criticism of President Trump: Exclusive: Trump says public will ‘fall out of love’ with Harris. Other opinion-based commentary tends to slightly lean right, though there is a reasonable balance. In general, KATU.com reports news accurately and with minimal bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate KATU.com slightly Right-Center Biased based on editorial positions and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 08/15/2020)