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 Sun Right-Center Biased based on story selection that slightly favors the right and editorial positions that are moderately right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Canada 16/180
Founded in 1983, The Ottawa Sun is a tabloid newspaper from Ottawa, Canada. As with its sister papers, it has a “Sunshine Girl” feature. The current editor is Michelle Richardson.
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Funded by / Ownership
The Ottawa Sun 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 Sun covers local news through the use of journalists and with minimal bias such as this: Ottawa man, 20, charged in Mar. 9 Dynes Road stabbing. National and World news is usually republished from the Associated Press and occasionally the Washington Post, among other credible sources. Editorially, the Ottawa Sun favors conservatives with articles negative toward Justin Trudeau such as this: KINSELLA: Trudeau has made a bad situation even worse. In general, straight news reporting is low biased with a slight rightward lean in story selection, however editorially there is a moderate right-wing bias.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate the Ottawa Sun Right-Center Biased based on story selection that slightly favors the right and editorial positions that are moderately right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 10/10/2019)
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