These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
- Overall, we rate the Memphis Commercial Appeal Least Biased based on factual news reporting and reasonably balanced editorials. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1841, the Memphis Commerical Appear is a daily newspaper of Memphis, Tennessee, and its surrounding metropolitan area. The current editor is Mark Russell.
Funded by / Ownership
The Memphis Commercial Appeal is owned by Gannett (Gatehouse Media), which publishes USA Today. In August 2019, Gatehouse Media purchased and merged with Gannett becoming the largest newspaper chain in the USA. After the merger, the companies retained the Gannett name. The newspaper is funded through advertising and paid subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
In review, local news is covered via reporters with minimal bias such as this In a South Memphis neighborhood known for its history, competing plans for the future emerge. National and international news is covered through the USA Today Network as well as the Associated Press.
Editorially, the Commercial Appeal typically endorsed Republican candidates, however since 2004 they have endorsed Democratic candidates such as Hillary Clinton in 2016. Op-eds are reasonably balanced with this from a left-leaning perspective Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Why we will sorely miss the ‘Notorious’ RBG | Opinion and this from the right Conservative principles must apply to the criminal justice system | Opinion. In general, the news is reported factually and with a reasonable editorial balance that currently slightly leans left.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate the Memphis Commercial Appeal Least Biased based on factual news reporting and reasonably balanced editorials. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 9/26/2020)