These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
- Overall, we rate NewsNation Least Biased based on minimal editorializing of content and reasonable balance with story selection. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and reasonable fact-checking record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Launched on 9/1/2020, NewsNation is a nightly 3 hour-long news program broadcast on WGN America. Based in Chicago, the program utilizes the journalistic resources of the 110 television news operations throughout the United States that are operated under WGN America corporate parent Nexstar Media Group. The broadcast is intended to be a straightforward news reporting alternative to the opinion-based programming of CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. The associated website is called NewsNation Now that features supplemental content that is featured on the television broadcast as well as general news from other sources.
Funded by / Ownership
NewsNation is produced by WGN America, which is owned by Nexstar Media Group, which owns over 200 TV stations nationwide. The founder, chairman, president, and CEO of Nexstar is Perry A. Sook. According to Open Secrets Nexstar Media group gave more money to Republicans in the 2018 election cycle (45% to Democrats, 55% to Republicans). Revenue is generated through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
This review will focus on website content as well as fact-checking of TV programming. In review, NewsNation Now publishes news broken into categories such as U.S. (broken into regions), the 2020 Election, Politics, Coronavirus, Weather, NewsNation Live, and More, which is subdivided into Health, Sports, Entertainment, Race in America, and several others. News stories on the website often come from external sources such as the Associated Press, Reuters, and other Nexstar affiliates. Many stories contain videos from TV news content. Articles and headlines often contain minimally loaded language such as this 3 found dead after authorities locate plane that went missing in New York. When covering politics they generally stick with the facts such as this Pres. Trump, Biden campaign across the country in final push before Election Day.
Editorially, NewsNation does not produce opinion pieces and generally reports on politics neutrally. However, their specific coverage of Coronavirus and race relations in America indicate a leftward lean with story selection. When it comes to science they are usually fact-based such as when covering the Coronavirus and climate change. In general, the news is reported factually and with a minimal left-leaning bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- Some mouthwashes could help curb coronavirus – Lacks Context
Overall, we rate NewsNation Least Biased based on minimal editorializing of content and reasonable balance with story selection. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and reasonable fact-checking record. (D. Van Zandt 11/2/2020)