Media Bias/Fact Check

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RIGHT BIAS

These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.

  • Overall, we rate Milliyet Right Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the right-leaning government. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing and promotion of pro-government propaganda.

Detailed Report

Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: Turkey
World Press Freedom Rank: Turkey 154/180 (2020)

History

Founded in 1950 by Ali Naci Karacan, Milliyet is a Turkish daily newspaper based in Istanbul, Turkey. Milliyet focuses on news, politics, sports, business, and entertainment. In 1979, Aydin Dogan the owner of the Dogan Media Group acquired Milliyet and in 2012 the Demirören Group purchased Milliyet. 

Milliyet Gazetecilik ve Yayıncılık A.Ş. is the current publisher. For the list of staff please see here.

Read our profile on Turkey’s government influence on media.

Funded by / Ownership

Currently, Milliyet is owned by pro-Erdogan Demiroren Holding.  Yıldırım Demirören owns part of Demirören Group which is focused on liquid gas distribution. Demirören Group, in addition to Milliyet, owns other media outlets including Hurriyet, Posta, Fanatik daily, CNN Turk, Kanal D TV channels, Uzmanpara, Dogan News Agency, and Yaysat. Milliyet’s revenue is derived from subscriptions and advertising. 

Analysis / Bias

In 2019 Reporters Without Borders ranked Turkey 154th  in their Press Freedom Index, due to “The witch-hunt waged by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government”. The current president and former prime minister of Turkey is Recep Tayyip Erdogan who describes himself as a conservative democrat

The media in Turkey is currently separated into two groups. Pro-government media is called the “pool media” and the other is called the opposition media. Milliyet is considered to be in the pool media after it was sold to Demiroren Group, which has a close relation to the right-leaning AKP party and President Erdogan.

In review, Milliyet publishes sensational articles with emotionally loaded language and incorporates headlines mostly from British tabloids such as the Questionable Daily Mail “Tuvalet kağıtlarıyla yaptığı pasta Daily Mail’e manşet oldu.” Milliyet publishes articles that are neutral towards the opposition such as “İBB Başkanı Ekrem İmamoğlu, Özel Halk Otobüslerinin yakıt ve sürücü giderlerinin de İBB tarafından karşılanacağını duyurdu.”  When it comes to national news, Milliyet publishes articles with a pro-government tone “Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan’dan ‘corona salgını ne zaman tam olarak bitecek?’ sorusuna cevap”. Milliyet is often poorly sourced by hyperlinking to themselves or using false hyperlinks which ends up on their homepage, such as in this article. When covering world news, pertaining to the USA, they cover the Trump administration with a neutral tone such as in this article. Milliyet also prefers large pictures with minimum writing. In general, they are a tabloid like paper that publishes pro-government propaganda.

Failed Fact Checks  

Overall, we rate Milliyet Right Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the right-leaning government. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing and promotion of pro-government propaganda.  (M. Huitsing 5/7/2020)

Source: https://www.milliyet.com.tr/