Ottawa Citizen

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Ottawa Citizen - Right Center Bias - Conservative - Republican - CredibleFactual Reporting: High - Credible - Reliable


These media sources are slight to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appeals 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.

Detailed Report

Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: Canada
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: EXCELLENT
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic


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.

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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 significant equity stake in Postmedia and majority ownership of American Media Inc., which owns the National EnquirerDavid 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 various 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 former President Trump, they do so lightly. In general, more stories favor the right editorially than the left, but there is a reasonable balance.

Failed Fact Checks

  • None in the Last 5 years

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 11/24/2021)


Last Updated on May 18, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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