These media sources are slight to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appeals to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate the Montreal Gazette right-center biased based on a slight right-leaning editorial bias. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1778, the Montreal Gazette is a daily English language newspaper from Montreal, Canada. It is also Canada’s oldest newspaper. The current editor-in-chief is Lucinda Chodan.
Funded by / Ownership
The Montreal Gazette is owned by PostMedia, which owns several right-leaning media outlets throughout Canada. According to a report in the left-leaning CanadaLand, PostMedia has directed its publications to be more “reliably conservative.” The newspaper is funded through advertising and subscription fees.
Chatham Asset Management, a New Jersey-based hedge fund, holds a significant equity stake in Postmedia and majority ownership of American Media Inc., which owns the National Enquirer. David Pecker, who owns American Media, Inc., joined the Postmedia board and then resigned from the board of Postmedia in 2018 due to his involvement in hush payments on behalf of his “friends,” including President Trump and Harvey Weinstein.
According to the National Observer, PostMedia is in a downward spiral. After Postmedia announced a $1.4M loss for the last quarter of 2018, Paul Godfrey stepped down as CEO of the Postmedia Network and was replaced by Andrew MacLeod as of 1/10/2019. Godfrey will remain as executive chair. Godfrey was also criticized for cutting 800 full-time jobs across Postmedia in 2016 while earning an annual salary of $1.7 million. For a list of directors and upper management, please see here.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Montreal Gazette reports local news from journalists in the field and national/international news via the right-leaning National Post and the least biased Associated Press and the Canadian Press. All information tends to be properly sourced to credible media. Editorially, there is a slight right-leaning bias in story selection. For example, many editorials are opposed to Justin Trudeau. Finally, a Reuters institute survey found that 57% of respondents trust their news coverage and 11% do not, ranking them #11 in trust among the major French-language Canadian news providers. In general, news reporting is factual with a slight right bias through editorials.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the Montreal Gazette right-center biased based on a slight right-leaning editorial bias. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 7/27/2016) Updated (03/28/2022)
Last Updated on March 28, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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