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- Overall, we rate the Lancaster Courier far left-biased and Questionable based on a lack of transparency, poor sourcing techniques and deceptively attempting to appear as a local paper (imposter site)
Reasoning: Lack of Transparency, Poor Sourcing, Imposter Site
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2019, The Lancaster Courier is a news and opinion website that reports from a liberal perspective. According to their about page “WE NEVER STOP BRINGING YOU THE LATEST FROM THE NATIONAL (U.S.) SCENE, INTERNATIONAL SCENE, AND THE STORIES THAT SLIP THROUGH THE CRACKS ON OTHER NEWS SITES.” They list the editor as JC Zuzierla. The website does not report news on or about Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
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Funded by / Ownership
The Lancaster Courier lacks transparency as they do not disclose ownership on the website. According to a Newsguard investigation the website may be owned by Today’s Growth Consultant Inc., which is currently under investigation for a Ponzi scheme. Revenue is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Lancaster Courier does not conduct original reporting, but rather summarizes news stories and adds commentary from a left-leaning perspective. Articles and headlines often contain strongly emotional loaded wording such as this TERRIFIED TRUMP WHINED HE WAS ON THE VERGE OF DEATH WHILE HOSPITALIZED AT WALTER REED: REPORT. This story is appropriately sourced to New York Magazine. For the most part, stories are sourced to credible media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Politico, however, some stories such as this TRUMP FEARMONGERS ABOUT DEMOCRATS POSSIBLY PACKING THE SUPREME COURT is not sourced at all.
Editorially, all stories favor the left and frequently denigrate conservatives such as this BOB DOLE EMBARRASSES HIMSELF AND FORFEITS WHATEVER CREDIBILITY HE HAD LEFT DEFENDING TRUMP. Further, the Lancaster Courier lacks transparency as they also do not disclose their liberal political leanings. In general, the Lancaster Courier publishes fact-based information with a strong left-leaning bias. However, this website lacks transparency, sometimes does not source information, and uses a deceptive name to appear to be a legitimate local newspaper.
Failed Fact Checks
- They have not been fact-checked by an IFCN fact-checker.
Overall, we rate the Lancaster Courier far left-biased and Questionable based on a lack of transparency, poor sourcing techniques and deceptively attempting to appear as a local paper (imposter site). (D. Van Zandt 10/11/2020)
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