Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
According to their about page “The Mountain Democrat, located in Placerville, CA, is the oldest newspaper in California, boasting continuous publication since 1851. The Mountain Democrat is a local newspaper covering news, sports, and features in El Dorado County.”
Funded by / Ownership
The Placerville Mountain Democrat is owned by McNaughton Newspapers, Inc, which is a local media company serving communities in Northern California including Solano, Yolo, and El Dorado County. Revenue is derived through advertising and subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Mountain Democrat primarily reports local and regional news with little reporting of national news. News reporting is done with minimal loaded words and is generally low biased and direct such as this EDC learns of 3 more COVID-19 deaths Thursday. Since this is primarily local news it is generally reported through quotes vs. links.
Editorially, Op-eds tend to lean right such as this California Commentary: Case for a Newsom recall continues to grow and The Balancing Act: Some thoughts on those who stormed the Capitol? While both sides are represented, more tend to slightly favor the right. In general, the news is reported factually and with a slight right-leaning editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate the Mountain Democrat Right-Center biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 3/31/2018) Updated (2/3/2021)