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 appealing 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 Manila Bulletin Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to selectively choosing stories favorable to the current President (propaganda).
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Press Freedom Rating: LIMITED FREEDOM
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1900 and initially established as a shipping journal, the Manila Bulletin is an English-language newspaper based in the Philippines. Americans Carson Taylor and H.G. Farris founded it. The Manila Bulletin focuses on current events and news in the Philippines and abroad, sports, entertainment, and editorials.
Ownership of the Manila Bulletin has transferred several times in the last 70 years, with former President Marcos’ military aide General Hans M. Menzi taking over in 1957, then business tycoon Emilio T. Yap in 1984. After Emilio T. Yap passed away, his son Basilio C. Yap and the other family members took over his businesses. Basilio C. Yap is also the chairman of US Auto Co, Inc. and its subsidiary, Manila Prince Hotel Corporation.
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Funded by / Ownership
The Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp. and U.S. Automotive Co., Inc. are the owners of the Manila Bulletin, and the Yap Family owns both. Basilio C. Yap is the Chairman of Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp. Basilio C. Yap is also the chairman of U.S. Automotive Company, which owns 54.20% of the Manila Bulletin. Revenue is based on advertising, and the paper also has a classified section.
Analysis / Bias
In 2022, Reporters Without Borders, the Philippines is “Holding the line against Duterte’s attacks.” They further report, “Three Philippine journalists were killed in 2019, probably by thugs working for local politicians, who can have reporters silenced with complete impunity.”
In review, the Manila Bulletin publishes articles with emotionally loaded language such as this” “Duterte tells daughter Sara: Be true to your country” and “Palace appeals: Respect Duterte’s remarks against Robredo.” Regarding sourcing, the Manila Bulletin does not use hyperlinks and relies on quotes. Reporting on international news comes from the AFP and the Associated Press.
Editorially, they do not criticize President Duterte and usually glorify him, such as this: Duterte: Send me hospital bills of stranded Filipinos with COVID-19. When reporting on USA politics, such as news pertaining to former President Trump, they rely on the Least Biased AFP: Trump urges the US to reopen as daily death toll spikes. The Manila Bulletin generally publishes factual news; however, a strong pro-Government bias leaves out negative news and criticism. Therefore, we consider them to be a source that promotes state propaganda.
Failed Fact Checks
- None Found
Overall, we rate the Manila Bulletin Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to selectively choosing stories favorable to the current President (propaganda). (M. Huitsing 5/31/2020 ) Updated (07/15/2022)
Last Updated on July 15, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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