Founded in 1868, The San Diego Union-Tribune is an American metropolitan daily newspaper published in San Diego, California. Its name derives from a 1992 merger between the two major daily newspapers at the time, The San Diego Union and the San Diego Evening Tribune.
Funded by / Ownership
The San Diego Union-Tribune is owned by MediaNews Group and published by Digital First Media, which publishes 190 newspapers across the USA. Digital First Media is owned by Alden Global Capital LLC, a New York-Based Hedge Fund, described as “Vulture Capitalists” by former Denver Post writers for the cuts made to newsrooms. Advertising and subscription fees generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
Throughout much of the last 90 years, the San Diego Union-Tribune has been a conservative paper that frequently endorsed Republican candidates or simply refused to cover Democratic candidates at all. When the paper was purchased by the Tribune Publishing Company in 2015 the paper moved leftward toward the center. Then in 2018, when the paper was bought by Patrick Soon-Shiong, who is a Democratic donor, the paper moved slightly left in editorial direction.
In review, The San Diego Union-Tribune does not use loaded language in news reporting, and all information is properly sourced. Editorially, there is a slight left-leaning bias; however, all perspectives are given a voice, and therefore, we classify this paper on the left side of least biased.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the San Diego Union-Tribune Least Biased based on mostly balanced editorials and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (7/18/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 09/28/2023)
Last Updated on September 28, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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