These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in 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 conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate News.com.au Right-Center Biased based on story selection that slightly favors the right. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to the occasional use of poor sources.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: Australia 21/180
News.com.au is an Australian news and entertainment website which focuses on celebrity gossip, travel, lifestyle, sport, business, technology, money, and real estate. Kate De Brito is the Editor-In-Chief. According to Nielsen Online Ratings they are Australia’s most popular news website as of January 2015.
Funded by / Ownership
News.com.au is owned by News Corp Australia, which is a part of News Corp and owned by Rupert Murdoch. Revenue is based on subscriptions and advertisements. For annual financial reports please see here.
Analysis / Bias
In review, News.com.au’s coverage of national news tends to utilize strong emotional headlines and word choices such as “Barnaby Joyce films seriously bizarre Christmas message for Australia.” Barnaby Jonce is a conservative Australian Politician. Further, News.com.au publishes articles that are critical of conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison, “Former fire chief declines to criticise Scott Morrison for going on holiday as bushfires burn.”
When it comes to issues such as global warming, they publish articles with a neutral tone such as this: “Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releases special report on global warming targets” and with racism, they criticize members of the center-right political party, Young Liberals (Australia) for racist comments they made in the video “Two Gold Coast Young Liberals in hot water after posting racist slur video online”.
They also publish celebrity news under the entertainment category: “Camila Cabello ‘sorry’ and ‘ashamed’ over past racist language.” When News.com.au covers news regarding the USA, they publish articles with emotionally loaded headlines and a pro-Trump tone, for example, “America’s media celebrates ‘Merry Impeachmas’ The media’s gleeful reaction to Donald Trump’s impeachment may very well help him get re-elected in 2020, commentators argue.” For this story, they source factually mixed right biased sources such as newsbusters.org, mostly factual Wall Street Journal and mixed Fox News. The latter two sources are owned by Newscorp. In general, they report news mostly factually with story selection slightly favoring the right. They do not clearly label opinion content.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate News.com.au Right-Center Biased based on story selection that slightly favors the right. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to the occasional use of poor sources. (2/14/2017) Updated (M. Huitsing 6/29/2020)