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 appealing 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 RTL Nieuws as right-center biased based on story selection and editorial perspectives that slightly favors the right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rank: EXCELLENT
Media Type: TV Station
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Established in 1995, RTL Nieuws is a commercial news broadcaster in the Netherlands. Its official website is rtlnieuws.nl. RTL Nieuws offers political, economic, and business news programming and collaborates primarily with the Flemish commercial television channel VTM and RTL Germany for international news coverage. The company’s headquarters is located in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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Funded by / Ownership
RTL News operates as a subsidiary of the RTL Group, a multinational media conglomerate based in Luxembourg, with an additional corporate center in Cologne, Germany. RTL Nieuws generates revenue through advertising and subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
RTL Nieuws utilizes strong emotional language in its headlines, such as, “Geert Wilders lashes out at Sinterklaas filmmakers: ‘Woke freaks!” The article reports on Geert Wilders, a Dutch far-right politician and activist. In the article, Wilders criticizes a Dutch children’s show for featuring a multicultural cast; The article portrays Geert Wilders negatively by presenting him as angry.
Another article includes quotes from various political parties”From happiness to a bitter pill’: this is how politicians and media respond to election results.” The article presents their perspectives without any apparent editorial bias. Regarding sourcing, RTL draws information from various sources, including public statements and interviews with politicians, and they use sources such as de Volkskrant, Algemeen Dagblad, Trouw, and Reuters.
On the issues such as immigration, RTL publishes articles with strong emotional wording, such as “Asylum seeker arrested for rape of girl in Kampen.” The article emphasizes the suspect’s asylum seeker status before mentioning the crime itself. This type of framing could be seen as biased, as it may create a negative association between asylum seekers and criminal behavior in readers’ minds. In general, they report fact-based news and hold slightly right-leaning editorial biases.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate RTL Nieuws as right-center biased based on story selection and editorial perspectives that slightly favors the right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (M. Huitsing 04/03/2023)
Last Updated on May 5, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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