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 La Repubblica Left-Center biased based on story selection and editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Italy 43/180
Launched in 1976, by journalist Eugenio Scalfari and Carlo Caracciolo, La Repubblica is an Italian daily newspaper based in Rome, Italy. In addition to its national edition, La Repubblica has ten local editions (Bari, Bologna, Firenze, Genova, Milano, Napoli, Palermo, Parma, Roma and Torino). Exor is the owner of La Repubblica and John Elkann is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EXOR. Carlo Verdelli is currently the editor of La Repubblica. For the full editorial board see here.
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Funded by / Ownership
La Repubblica is owned by GEDI Gruppo Editoriale S.p.A. (La Stampa and 13 local newspapers), which is an Italian holding company owned by the De Benedetti family. However, recently La Repubblica was acquired by Exor (the holding company of the Agnelli family which also owns Italian car company Fiat). John Elkann is the Chairman of Exor and at the time of this analysis, the transition to new ownership is still ongoing. La Repubblica’s business model is based on subscriptions and advertising. For financial reports see here.
Analysis / Bias
La Repubblica is generally regarded as politically leaning left.
In review, La Reppublica uses loaded emotional wording in headlines that favor Prime Minister Conti (Center-Left ) “Prime Minister Conte arrives: on the eve of the visit to sick children and workers.” They also publish local news such as “Burst of thefts at home in Parma and in the province: two police arrests”, and science news regarding developments about space and the environment. Further, they conduct their own interviews such as here. For the most part they utilize credible sources such as Nasa.gov, The European Space Agency (esa.int.) and Reuters videos.
La Repubblica also owns online TV “RepTV” with themes such as “Cat stuck 20 meters high on the ring road barrier: the rescue”. When covering foreign politics pertaining to USA they typically are neutral and fact based such as this: “The Chamber votes yes to impeachment. Trump: “An assault on America and the Republicans.”
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate La Repubblica Left-Center biased based on story selection and editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 12/28/2019)
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