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 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.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Italy 43/180
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 1920’s 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 full management list please see here. La Stampa includes sections such as 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’ 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. At the time of this analysis, the transition to new ownership is still ongoing. 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 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 who is the editor-in-chief of La Stampa, They are also critical of 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, when it comes to sourcing, La Stampa utilizes credible sources such as the Washington Post, Hollywood Reporter, The Guardian and BBC.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
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)