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 the Ottawa Citizen Right-Center biased based on some favoritism toward right-leaning politics and High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Canada 16/180
Founded in 1845, The Ottawa Citizen is an English-language daily broadsheet newspaper owned by Postmedia Network in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The Ottawa Citizen has changed ownership many times over the years and with each change, there was a new direction in editorial bias. The current editor is Michelle Richardson.
Funded by / Ownership
The Ottawa Citizen is owned by PostMedia, which owns several right-leaning media outlets throughout Canada. According to a report in the left-leaning CanadaLand, PostMedia has directed its publications to be more “reliably conservative.” The newspaper is funded through advertising and subscription fees.
Chatham Asset Management, a New Jersey-based hedge fund holds a large equity stake in Postmedia and majority ownership of American Media Inc. which owns the National Enquirer. David Pecker, who owns American Media, Inc. joined the Postmedia board, and then resigned from the board of Postmedia in 2018, due to his involvement of hush payments on behalf of his “friends” including President Trump and Harvey Weinstein.
According to the National Observer, PostMedia is in a downward spiral. After Postmedia announced a $1.4M loss for the last quarter of 2018, Paul Godfrey stepped down as CEO of the Postmedia Network and was replaced by Andrew MacLeod, as of 1/10/2019. Godfrey will remain as executive chair. Godfrey was also criticized for cutting 800 full-time jobs across Postmedia in 2016 while earning an annual salary of $1.7 million. For a list of directors and upper management please see here.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Ottawa Citizen covers local news via journalists and national news via The Canadian Press and International news through a variety of sources such as Bloomberg for business news, Associated Press, and The Telegraph. All information is properly sourced to credible media outlets.
Editorially, there are more negative articles regarding liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau than positive. While the Ottawa Citizen does criticize President Trump they do so lightly. In general, more stories favor the right editorially than the left, but there is a reasonable balance.
A factual search reveals the Ottawa Citizen has not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate the Ottawa Citizen Right-Center biased based on some favoritism toward right-leaning politics and High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record. (8/4/2017) Updated (D. Van Zandt 10/10/2019)