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 Público Left-Center biased based on editorial positions and story selection that moderately favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Launched in 2007 by Jaume Roures, Público is a Spanish news portal based in Madrid. Público is in tabloid format and contains climate, economy, education, women, culture, national, international, political news, and entertainment sections. Their founding editor is Ignacio Escolar.
Funded by / Ownership
Jaume Roures, together with Toni Cases, and Tatxo Benet, are the owners of Público through Mediapro. Advertising generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Público publishes articles with emotionally loaded language such as “The extreme right stirs up messages of hate and contempt against Roma people.” For example, the article mentioned above reports on anti-gypsyism and racism and gives examples of anti-gypsy articles published by far-right media. A quote from the article highlights a far-right source’s headline, “Hordes of gypsies collapse the Emergency Department of the Salamanca Hospital like zombies.” The source of the headline, Mediterráneo Digital is a far-right media outlet that “spreads all kinds of racist, xenophobic, and misogynistic messages.”
When it comes to national politics, Publico publishes articles with a neutral tone, such as “Feijóo unblocks the negotiations to renew the CGPJ and notes the differences with Sánchez on taxes.” They also publish PM Pedro Sánchez’s (left-center) perspective and the conservative People’s Party (PP) (right-center) leader Alberto Núñez Feijóo’s perspective. Further, they publish articles about the Spanish far-right party VOX with a critical tone, such as “This is how the Spanish far-right positions itself in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.” The article is subtitled, “Various far-right and neo-Nazi organizations have ties to groups in both countries, which has led them to take different positions on the issue.”
Regarding sourcing, Público uses quotes and sources such as Open Democracy and The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, a left-leaning non-profit organization for civic education affiliated with Germany’s ‘Die Linke’ (Left Party), and the Spanish news agency EFE. In covering the USA, Some articles use strongly loaded language, such as “Joe Biden’s “disgusting” video: groping and kissing when approaching women and girls,” and “Biden lashes out at Trump and blames him for the assault on Capitol Hill: “His wounded ego matters more to him than our democracy.” However, most times, world news comes from credible news agencies. In general, the news is fact-based and holds a moderately liberal editorial perspective.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Público Left-Center biased based on editorial positions and story selection that moderately favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 04/08/2022)
Last Updated on April 8, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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