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 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 that are favorable to the current President, Rodrigo Duterte (propaganda).
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: Philippines 136/180
Founded in 1900 and initially established as a shipping journal, the Manila Bulletin is an English language newspaper based in the Philippines. It was founded by Americans Carson Taylor and H.G. Farris. 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. Currently, the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Manila Bulletin is Dr. Crispulo J. Icban, Jr.
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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 both are owned by the Yap Family. 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 Manila Bulletin. Revenue is based on advertising, and the paper also has a classified section.
Analysis / Bias
In 2020, Reporters Without Borders ranked Philippines 136/180 in their Press Freedom Index, stating that the Philippines is “Holding the line against Duterte’s attacks.” They further report that “Three Philippine journalists were killed in 2019, probably by thugs working for local politicians, who can have reporters silenced with complete impunity.”
The President of the Philippines is Rodrigo Duterte, who leans center-left.
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”. When it comes to 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 President Trump they rely on the Least Biased AFP: Trump urges US to reopen as daily death toll spikes. In general, the Manila Bulletin publishes factual news, however, there is a very strong pro-Duterte bias that leaves out negative news and criticism. Therefore, we consider them to be a source that promotes state propaganda.
Failed Fact Checks
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 that are favorable to the current President, Rodrigo Duterte (propaganda). (M. Huitsing 5/31/2020 )
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