Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1786, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is a broadsheet newspaper and the largest serving metropolitan Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. It has won six Pulitzer Prizes since 1938. The current editor is David Shribman.
Funded by / Ownership
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is owned by Block Communications, which also owns Pittsburgh Press and the Toledo Blade. The newspaper and website are funded through an advertising and subscription model.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports local news through journalists with minimal loaded words and proper sourcing. National and World news come from a variety of established left-center and least biased sources such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Associated Press. Editorially, according to Ballotpedia, the Post-Gazette always endorses Democratic candidates in Presidential elections. However, in 2016 they did not endorse either candidate and in Pennsylvania elections, they favored mostly Republican candidates, representing a shift in editorial direction. Further, in 2020 they endorsed Republican Donald Trump for President. A thorough review of editorial columns indicates that they publish both sides, however right-leaning opinion outweighs the left. Further, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette fired a prominent political cartoonist who frequently portrayed Donald Trump negatively.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Right-Center biased based on recent endorsements of Republican candidates and editorials that favor right-leaning causes. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (7/30/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 11/02/2020)