These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using an appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports, and omit information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate OpIndia as right-biased due to its story selection and editorial positions that favor the right. They are also rated Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing techniques and failed fact checks.
Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MODERATE FREEDOM
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
According to its “About Us” page, OpIndia was founded in December 2014 by Kunal Kamal and an initial team that is no longer active. The website, now led by Editor-in-Chief Nupur J Sharma, publishes opinion articles, news reports, issue analyses, and fact-check articles. Based in New Delhi, OpIndia also offers content in Hindi and Gujarati through separate teams.
Funded by / Ownership
OpIndia has been part of Aadhyaasi Media And Content Services Private Limited since 2018, previously owned by Kovai Media. It’s financially supported by founders Rahul Roushan, the CEO, Nupur Sharma, Delhi-based Kaut Concepts, and advertising.
Analysis / Bias
When covering Indian national news, OpIndia tends to be critical of left-leaning opposition Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. OpIndia features a section called “Rahul Gandhi lies,” which scrutinizes Rahul Gandhi’s statements and actions across various topics.
An article titled “Rahul Gandhi in USA: Hudson Institute, Sunita Vishwanath and the dangerous Islamist George Soros, and anti-India links. A deep-dive analysis.” presents a negative portrayal of the politician and displays a strong right-wing bias. The language used (“dangerous Islamist,” “anti-Hindu, anti-India propaganda”) is emotionally charged and intended to provoke reactions. Sources cited include The Hindu, Times of India, and social media posts, but the article discredits Gandhi and the organizations he is linked to. It insinuates that he is part of a Soros-led agenda to undermine India, playing into existing conspiracy theories.
OpIndia’s coverage of PM Modi is positive, emphasizing his achievements and leadership without critical scrutiny, which contrasts with its critical stance towards opposition leader Rahul Gandhi, as seen in their article titled: “Freedom Fighters, governance, and Temple of Democracy: Highlights of PM Modi’s historic speech during last sitting at Old Parliament.” In general, OpIndia holds right-leaning biases in favor of the conservative government and is not always factual based on failed fact checks.
Failed Fact Checks
- Sweden’s official sports body has recognized sex as a sport and accepted the membership of the so-called “Swedish Federation of Sex,” which promotes a “European Sex Championship.” – False
- A young man was murdered in Bengaluru for not speaking Urdu. – False
- Is Khalistani sympathiser Canadian MP Jagmeet Singh behind Rihanna’s tweet supporting ‘farmers’ protest. – False
Overall, we rate OpIndia as right-biased due to its story selection and editorial positions that favor the right. They are also rated Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing techniques and failed fact checks. (M. Huitsing 09/27/2023)
Last Updated on September 27, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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