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.
- Overall, we rate the Star Tribune Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1867, The Star Tribune is the largest newspaper in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The Star Tribune serves the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area and is distributed throughout the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area, the state of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. It typically contains a mixture of national, international and local news, sports, business and lifestyle content.
The Star Tribune has won 6 Pulitzer Prizes and the current editor is Rene Sanchez.
Funded by / Ownership
The paper is privately published by Star Tribune Media Company LLC, which is owned by Glenn Taylor, who is an American billionaire businessman who is the majority owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA basketball team, owner of the Minnesota Lynx WNBA basketball team and a former Republican member of the Minnesota Senate. The paper is funded through advertising and subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Minneapolis Star Tribune covers local news through journalists with minimal bias such as this: Taxes may rise on cabins rented part time. National and international news is republished through the Associated Press. The newspaper also features a section dedicated to politics that utilizes such sources as the New York Times and the Associated Press.
Editorially, the Star Tribune has endorsed Democratic Presidential candidates since 1984, including Hillary Clinton in 2016. Op-eds are fairly balanced, however more certainly favor the left such a this: Legal threat to ACA ought to be front and center in 2020 election. In general, news is reported factually, while editorially they moderately favor the left.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate the Star Tribune Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and clean fact check record. (6/18/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 06/03/2020)