Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Canada 16/180
Founded in 2015, the National Observer is a Canadian online website focused on news through the lens of energy, environment, and federal politics. The publication emphasizes quality investigations, federal politics, breaking news, opinion, and analysis. According to their about page the “National Observer publishes investigative reporting, in-depth analysis, solutions journalism, multi-media features, opinion, and daily news coverage.”
Funded by / Ownership
The National Observer clearly discloses ownership on their about page: “National Observer is owned by Observer Media Group (OMG), and became a certified B corporation in April 2018. OMG qualified for B Corp status for its commitments to social and environmental sustainability, joining a global movement of people using business as a force for good.” The website is funded through donations and subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the National Observer reports original news as well as curated stories from the Associated Press and Canadian Press. News headlines typically utilize minimally loaded language such as this: Trudeau to meet Pelosi, McConnell, as well as Trump in Washington. Editorially, there is a strong left-leaning bias through the promotion of environmentalism, equality for LGBTQ, and praise for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In general, the National Observer reports news factually and with proper sources, however editorially there is a clear lean left.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate the National Observer Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that favor the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 4/27/2017) Updated (6/22/2019)