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 the LA Times, Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that favor the left and High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
The LA Times, originally called the Los Angeles Daily Times, was founded by Nathan Cole Jr. and Thomas Gardiner in 1881. The LA Times was acquired by then Editor/publisher Harrison Gray Otis. In 1885, Harry Chandler, who had been hired initially as a circulation department clerk, become Harrison Otis’ son in law. Under Chandler and Otis the paper was anti-union, which led to the 1910 bombing of the LA Times building, resulting in the deaths of 21 employees. In 1944, Norman Chandler succeeded his father Harry Chandler and in the 1960’s, Norman’s son Otis Chandler became the owner and publisher of the LA Times. Otis Chandler “transformed the Los Angeles Times from a conservative paper into a Pulitzer Prize-winner.” It was under Otis Chandler that the paper won its first of 44 Pulitzer Prizes.
In June 2000, Tribune Co., owner of the Chicago Tribune, acquired Times Mirror Co., the parent company of the LA Times, which ended “100 years of local ownership of The Times by the Otis and Chandler families.”
In 2018, Biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong acquired LA Times for $500m from the Tribune Publishing Company (formerly Tronc) and became the owner and executive chairman of the Los Angeles Times. Former Vice Chairman of Time inc., Norman Pearlstine is the Executive Editor. See the Masthead for a complete list of the editorial team.
The LA Times covers local/national news, business, entertainment, political analysis, and sports news. The LA Times is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.
Funded by / Ownership
Biotech billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is the owner of LA Times. The paper is funded through advertising, subscriptions, and newsstand sales.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the LA Times (Los Angeles Times) uses moderately emotionally loaded headlines such as this “Outgoing White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly defends his rocky tenure” and “Engaging with the world doesn’t make Americans ‘suckers’” The wording within articles also tends to lean left as evidenced by this quote from an editorial “Congress needs to focus not only on how amateurishly Trump executes foreign policy but the clear shortcomings of the policy itself.” When it comes to sourcing the LA Times rarely uses hyperlinked sourcing, which is acceptable as news stories are covered and written by their journalists. When using hyperlinked sources they utilize credible ones such as the Financial Times.
Editorially, the LA Times has endorsed Democratic Presidential Candidates in the last three elections and during the 2016 General Election the LA Times stated that “Hillary Clinton would make a sober, smart and pragmatic president. Donald Trump would be a catastrophe.”
A factual search reveals that the LA Times has never failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate the LA Times, Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that favor the left and High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record. (5/18/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 11/21/2019)