These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using an 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 the Peoria Journal Star Least Biased based on low-biased news reporting and a reasonably balanced editorial page. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1855, the Peoria Journal Star is a daily newspaper for Peoria, Illinois, and the surrounding area. The current editor is Dennis Anderson.
Funded by / Ownership
The Peoria Journal Star is owned by Gannett (Gatehouse Media), which publishes USA Today. In August 2019, Gatehouse Media purchased and merged with Gannett becoming the largest newspaper chain in the USA. After the merger, the companies retained the Gannett name. The newspaper is funded through advertising and paid subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the news is locally produced through reporters with minimal bias, such as this Police searching for suspect in late-night Central Peoria shooting. National and international news is republished through the USA Today Network and the Associated Press.
Editorially, the Journal Star is known for having a Libertarian lean. For example, in 1980, they endorsed Libertarian Presidential Candidate Ed Clark. However, most recently, they have been endorsing Democratic Presidential candidates such as Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Barack Obama in 2008. A review of editorials demonstrates more slightly favoring Libertarian perspectives, such as this Editorial: Can we trust ‘Fair Tax’ if we don’t have Fair Maps? Generally, the news is reported factually with a slight right-leaning bias editorially. However, all perspectives are present and therefore earn the least biased rating.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the Peoria Journal Star Least Biased based on low-biased news reporting and a reasonably balanced editorial page. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (D. Van Zandt 4/8/2020) Updated (07/31/2022)
Last Updated on June 29, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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