These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward liberal 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 liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Left Bias sources.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
The New York Amsterdam News or The Amsterdam News is a weekly African-American newspaper founded by James H. Anderson in 1909. It is one of the oldest Black newspapers in the U.S. Its headquarters is located in Harlem, New York. The Amsterdam News focuses on local and national African-American news, sports, health, politics, with a special focus on Harlem. According to PBS “The paper was the first to focus attention on Malcolm X, and in 1958 began publishing his column “God’s Angry Man.”
Notable editors and publishers of The Amsterdam News included: Sadie Warren and Edward Warren (1926), Clelan Bethan Powell and Phillip M. H. Savory (1936), Percy E. Sutton (1971), Wilbert A. Tatum(1983).
In 1997, Elinor Tatum, daughter of Wilbert A. Tatum, became the publisher and editor-in-chief of the newspaper.
Funded by / Ownership
Eleanor Tatum, daughter of Wilbert A. Tatum, is the owner, publisher and editor-in-chief of the newspaper. The paper is funded through paid subscriptions and advertising.
Analysis / Bias
The New York Amsterdam News publishes editorials with the use of strongly loaded words such as this: “Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go! #97”, and “Murderers have a right to counsel—but not immigrants.” When reporting straight news they use minimally loaded words in both the headlines and articles: Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney, sentenced to three years. This story does not provide any hyperlinked sourcing, however it is accurate based on searching credible news wires. We found some other stories on the website did not provide hyperlinked sourcing as well, but they did indicate that the stories came from credible left leaning sources such as Propublica and the ACLU. When reporting local news, “Hundreds of kids receive presents, meet Santa at toy giveaway in Harlem” they typically use WPIX 11 NEWS, which is a New York City based TV station and website.
A factual search reveals that the Amsterdam News has not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate The New York Amsterdam News Left Biased based on story selection and wording that favors the left and High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 12/20/2018)
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