The Lake County Leader is a newspaper published in Lake County, Montana, United States. The paper covers news, sports, entertainment, lifestyle, and opinion for Mineral and the surrounding area. leaderadvertiser.com serves as the domain for the online version of the newspaper.
Funded by / Ownership
The Hagadone Corporation owns and publishes the Lake County Leader. The Hagadone Corporation, based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, publishes 16 newspapers in Idaho, Montana, and Washington State. According to Open Secrets, they have donated to Republicans in the past (2012). However, during the 2020 election cycle, they did not donate to either party. Advertising and subscription fees generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Lake County Leader reports on news, sports, weather, crime, and entertainment for the greater Lake County, Montana region. Reporters demonstrate minimal bias when reporting local news, such as this Washington man convicted of trafficking drugs in Lake County. Further, the website publishes national and international news from the Associated Press. Finally, all information is sourced via first-person accounts or through credible media.
Editorially, the Lake County Leader reasonably represents both sides. A review of editorial articles demonstrates a reasonably low bias; however, slightly more op-eds favor the right. While more op-eds favor the right, liberal perspectives have fair representation; therefore, they earn a least biased rating on the right side of the scale. In general, the news is reported factually and with minimal bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the Lake County Leader Least Biased based on reasonably balanced editorial positions that slightly favor the right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (D. Van Zandt 09/25/2023)
Last Updated on September 25, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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