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 Maclean’s Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that predominantly favor the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: EXCELLENT FREEDOM
Media Type: Magazine
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Maclean’s is a Canadian monthly news magazine founded in 1905 by J. B. Maclean, reporting on Canadian issues such as politics, pop culture, and current events. Rogers Communications have owned the magazine since 1994; however, in March 2019, they agreed to sell their magazine assets to St. Joseph Communications. The current editor is Alison Uncles.
According to their about page, “Maclean’s is Canada’s premier current affairs magazine. Maclean’s enlightens, engages, and entertains 2.4 million readers with strong investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business, and culture.”
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Funded by / Ownership
St. Joseph Communications own McLean’s, which is a media company based in Toronto, Canada. Advertising and subscription fees generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Macleans covers social issues, politics, and Canadian news through the use of journalists. News stories typically use minimal loaded words: What a trade war with China would do to Canada. This story is correctly sourced to the Globe and Mail and Reuters. When covering political issues, Macleans provides a reasonable balance: Ottawa and provinces pause carbon tax fight to battle plastic.
Editorially, they also tend to give both sides, however many more favor the left: The bankruptcy of the Conservative Party. Further, many opinion pieces center around climate change, and the action they feel needs to occur: Trudeau should try walking the walk on climate change. In general, news reporting is factual and with minimal bias; however, editorials lean left.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Maclean’s Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that predominantly favor the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (11/28/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 12/14/2022)
Last Updated on June 2, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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