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 appeals 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 Stampa 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.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MODERATE FREEDOM
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1867 by Journalist Vittorio Bersezio, La Stampa is an Italian daily newspaper based in Turin, Italy. It was initially called Gazzetta Piemontese. In 1894, Entrepreneur Alfredo Frassati bought the paper, and in the 1920s, the paper held anti-fascist editorial positions. Later, ownership was passed to the FIAT Group (Agnelli Family). However, in 2016 the FIAT Group sold its shares to their rival De Benedetti Family (GEDI), which was considered the biggest consolidation in Italian print media. In December 2019, FIAT re-acquired La Stampa.
Maurizio Molinari is currently the editor of La Stampa. For the complete management list, please see here. La Stampa includes foreign and domestic news, sports, entertainment, and regular columns. La Stampa also has a section called Vatican Insider, which provides “comprehensive information on the Vatican, the activities of the Pope.”
Funded by / Ownership
La Stampa was recently acquired by Exor (Agnelli Family’s investment vehicle Fiat Group) from GEDI Gruppo Editoriale S.p.A. (a holding company owned by the De Benedetti family). John Elkann is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Exor. La Stampa’s business model is based on subscriptions and advertising. For financial reports, see here.
Analysis / Bias
La Stampa is generally regarded as politically leaning left.
In review, La Stampa utilizes minimally loaded emotional wording in headlines that favor Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (Center-Left) and are critical of Far right-populist Lega (League) leader Matteo Salvini: “The fate of the Conte government lies in the hands of the Consulta.” This article, “Salvini wants to lead Italy. He may be about to get the chance,” is written by Maurizio Molinari, the editor-in-chief of La Stampa.
They are also critical of their coalition partner, the populist 5 Star Movement. A quote from the article describing the 5 Star Movement reads, “more ambiguous in its political positioning, is increasingly seen as a collection of losers.”
On the issues, when covering immigrants, La Stampa utilizes minimally loaded emotional wording in their headlines, such as “For days closed in a truck: they were not thieves, but children fleeing the war.” When covering foreign politics pertaining to the USA, they typically are neutral and fact-based such as this. Finally, La Stampa utilizes credible sources such as the Washington Post, Hollywood Reporter, The Guardian, and the BBC when it comes to sourcing.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate La Stampa 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 12/30/2019) Updated (05/09/2022)
Last Updated on May 9, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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