These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal 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 liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate KQED Left-Center Biased based on story selection that moderately favors a liberal perspective. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Launched in 1954, KQED is a public media outlet based in San Francisco, California, which operates the radio station KQED and the television stations KQED/KQET and KQEH. KQED is a PBS-member public television station, while KQED-FM is a National Public Radio (NPR) station. The official website and source for this review are http://www.kqed.org, which publishes news, information, and podcasts. KQED discloses its standards and practices here.
Funded by / Ownership
KQED.org is owned by the nonprofit Northern California Public Broadcasting with revenue derived through corporate sponsorships, donations, grants, and membership fees.
Analysis / Bias
In review, KQED.org publishes radio programs, podcasts, videos, and news stories for the San Francisco Bay area. Most news reporting is original from reporters and journalists that utilize minimal loaded language such as this: Coronavirus: What’s Reopening in Each Bay Area County. This story is properly sourced to government resources. While they do not publish actual opinion pieces or specifically offer emotional appeals, their story selection frequently favors the left. For example, they have a section dedicated to climate change with articles such as this: Climate Lawsuits by California Cities, Counties Transferred to State Court in Victory Over Oil Companies. They also report frequently on LGBTQ issues No Parade? No Problem — SF Pride Launches Online Celebration as well as pro-immigration stories Essential Workers with Temporary Protected Status Could be at Risk of Deportation. In general, the news is reported factually with a left-leaning bias in story selection.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate KQED Left-Center Biased based on story selection that moderately favors a liberal perspective. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 6/23/2020)