These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal 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 liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall we rate The Philippine Star as left-center biased based on a left-leaning editorial bias. We also rate them as Mostly factual in reporting rather than high due to a lack of hyperlinked sourcing.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Press Freedom Rank: LIMITED FREEDOM
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
Established in 1986, The Philippine Star is an English-language newspaper published in the Philippines. The website Philstar.com is the online edition of the broadsheet newspaper. Betty Go-Belmonte, Max Soliven, and Art Borjal founded the Philippine Star.
The Philippine Star covers national news and current headlines from the Philippines, in-depth reports, fact-checks, sports, lifestyle, and entertainment, and it is headquartered in Manila. The Philippine Star’s sister publications include tabloids Pilipino Star Ngayon and Pang-Masa.
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Funded by / Ownership
Twenty percent of Philstar Daily belongs to the Belmonte family, and most of the shares (51%) belong to Manuel V. Pangilinan’s (MVP) group of companies. Revenue is derived from advertising and subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
The Philippine Star features sensationalistic headlines and articles and often uses emotionally loaded words. For example, the editorial “National embarrassment” with a quote that reads, “Airport security screening is a serious matter. Leaving the task to amateurs, thieves and giggly fangirls can only lead to national embarrassment.”
On opinion pieces, the paper leans towards the left with the choice of words in headlines and articles: “‘Unfazed by surveys and the elite, De Guzman determined to usher in worker-led Malacañang.” A quote from the article, “While lagging in surveys behind his more affluent and popular opponents with bigger funds and electoral machinery, the former factory worker says that the common folk who continue to shower him with their trust wills him on.” The article favors labor leader and socialist labor rights activist Leody de Guzman.
The Philippine Star also republishes articles from credible sources such as AFP; this article is critical of President Duterte, “‘Shoot them dead’: Duterte in his own words” and makes a list of his words: “Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who steps down on Thursday, was infamous for his foul-mouthed tirades, off-colour jokes, and threats to kill people.” The paper also publishes articles about climate change and its effects on the country, such as “Philippine provinces among areas at most risk from climate damage.” However, most articles do not contain hyperlinked sourcing. In general, the Philippine star is usually fact-based and holds a left-leaning editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall we rate The Philippine Star as left-center biased based on a left-leaning editorial bias. We also rate them as Mostly factual in reporting rather than high due to a lack of hyperlinked sourcing. (M. Huitsing 03/03/2023)
Last Updated on March 3, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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