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 appealing 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 La Dépêche du Midi Left-Center biased based on story selection and editorial positions that slightly favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Launched in 1870, La Dépêche du Midi is a regional newspaper based in Toulouse, southwestern France, and chaired by Jean-Michel Baylet. La Dépêche du Midi also owns numerous daily and weekly newspapers throughout southern France. In 2015, Groupe La Dépêche du Midi acquired Journaux du Midi from Sud-Ouest groupe which enabled them to become the dominant regional paper covering Toulouse and Montpellier. La Dépêche’s main focus is daily local, national, and international news, and it features politics, culture, current affairs, opinion columns, real estate news, sports, and entertainment. Lionel Laparade is the editor. Please see here for the board of directors of La Dépêche Groupe.
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Funded by / Ownership
La Dépêche du Midi is owned by Groupe La Dépêche du Midi which is owned by the Baylet Family. Here is the story of Évelyne Baylet. Currently, Jean-Michel Baylet and his children own the group. Jean-Michel Baylet is the former leader of the center-left party Parti radical de gauche, PRG. (Translates: The Radical Party of the Left). La Dépêche du Midi generates revenue from group subscriptions and advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, La Dépêche du Midi editorially, holds left-centrists views. For example, regarding immigration, they publish articles with neutral wording such as “The costs and benefits of Immigration.” Furthermore, the article presents the opinion of both viewpoints leaning towards the left. They also report on climate change as a significant issue in France and Europe “Global warming: the five sectors affected by the rise in temperatures” and “Europe unveils a map of the consequences of global warming on French territory.” Articles source either through quotes to credible sources such as OECD reports or hyperlinking to credible sources such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), opcc-ctp.org, and national newspapers like Le Monde (left center newspaper) and less credible celebrity gossip tabloid Le Parisien. La Dépêche du Midi also re-publish articles from newswire service AFP.
In general, La Dépêche du Midi reports news factually and uses a wide variety of left-leaning and right-leaning sources, however editorially, they promote liberal positions on most issues.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate La Dépêche du Midi Left-Center biased based on story selection and editorial positions that slightly favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 6/30/2021)
Last Updated on February 9, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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