Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Kronen Zeitung, founded in 1900 by Gustav Davis, also known as Krone, is an Austrian tabloid newspaper based in Vienna. Krone focuses on news, politics, sports, entertainment, business, and technology.
Funded by / Ownership
According to euro topics: “The Dichand family of publishers owns fifty percent of the newspaper, a quarter each by the Funke media group and billionaire René Benko.” Subscription fees and advertisements generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
Kronen Zeitung’s coverage of national politics, particularly regarding Karl Nehammer, the current Chancellor and the acting chairman of the Populist right-wing The Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), is critical in tone and wording. For example, in this article, “What is behind Chancellor Nehammer’s visit to Kyiv,” the columnist states his opinion regarding Nehammer’s visit to Ukraine as a distraction from corruption and scandals within his party.
A quote from the article reads, “When Nehammer travels as chancellor, he spares himself a few days of discussions about issues that overtake him as ÖVP leader: for example, dubious money flows from his party; in Vorarlberg and elsewhere and criticism of National Council President Wolfgang Sobotka.” He ends his analysis by stating, “Curiously enough, a real theater of war becomes a distraction from the party-political war in Austria.”
On the other hand, Kronen Zeitung’s coverage of Far-Right party leader Herbert Kickl is positive, as in this article where the columnist compares the leader of the Far-Right Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) Herbert Kickl with center-left SPÖ leader Rendi-Wagner and concludes he is very good at everything he does “Kickl can do almost everything better.”
A quote from the article reads, “Kickl can speak more pointedly than SPÖ leader Rendi-Wagner. Kickl can drive the turquoise-green government better than NEOS boss Meinl-Reisinger, Kickl can make more noise in parliament than Parliament President Sobotka, Kickl can scare “foreigners” better than Minister Raab, Kickl can be a lot funnier than Interior Minister Nehammer, Kickl can provoke Brussels better than Foreign Minister Schallenberg.”
On issues such as immigration, they often use a negative narrative and hold Eurosceptic views. Kronen Zeitung typically sources to themselves and uses quotes. Occasionally, they utilize credible sources such as kinderaerzte-im-netz.at. In general, they hold right-leaning editorial positions.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Kronen Zeitung Right Biased based on editorial positions that favor right-wing nationalism. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to poor sourcing techniques and a failed fact check. (M. Huitsing 04/12/2022)
Last Updated on April 19, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check