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 Richmond Times-Dispatch right-center biased based on support for Republican candidates for 40+ years. 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: USA 48/180
Founded in 1850, The Richmond Times-Dispatch is the primary daily newspaper in Richmond, the capital of Virginia, and the primary newspaper of record for the state of Virginia. The current editor is Paige Mudd.
Funded by / Ownership
In March 2020, Berkshire Hathaway sold the Richmond Times-Dispatch to Lee Enterprises, which according to Open Secrets has donated 88% of its money to Republican politicians since 1990. The paper and website are funded through advertising and subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Richmond Times-Dispatch covers local news through reporters with minimal bias such as this: Northam outlines phase one of Virginia’s plan for emerging from COVID-19 pandemic. National and international news is republished through the Associated Press.
Editorially, The Richmond Times has supported Republican Presidential candidates since 1980, with the exception of 2016 when they supported the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. In other words, they have not supported a Democrat in at least 40 years. In general, the news is reported factually with a right-leaning editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate the Richmond Times-Dispatch right-center biased based on support for Republican candidates for 40+ years. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 7/29/2016) Updated (4/24/2020)