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 using appeal 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 the San Jose Mercury News Left-Center Biased based on Democratic editorial endorsements and positions that favor the left. 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 1851, The San Jose Mercury News is a morning daily broadsheet newspaper published in San Jose, California, the largest city in Silicon Valley. The newspaper has earned several awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes. The current editor is Neil Chase.
Funded by / Ownership
The San Jose Mercury News is published by the Bay Area News Group, a subsidiary of Digital First Media. Digital First Media, owns nearly 100 newspapers across the USA. Digital First Media is in turn owned by Alden Global Capital LLC, a New York Based Hedge Fund, which has been described as “Vulture Capitalists” by former Denver Post writers for the cuts made to newsrooms. Revenue is derived through subscription fees and advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the San Jose Mercury News reports original local and regional news through reporters with minimal bias such as this: Bay Area renters displaced during holiday season highlight ‘loopholes’ in new California law. National and International news primarily comes from the Associated Press.
Editorially, the Mercury News has endorsed Democratic Presidential Candidates since 1992. Further, the paper offers local election endorsements that usually favor democratic candidates. Lastly, the paper’s op-eds often report negatively on President Trump such as this: Editorial: Impeach Trump. No American is above the rule of law. In general, The Mercury News reports news factually with a left leaning editorial bias.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate the San Jose Mercury News Left-Center Biased based on Democratic editorial endorsements and positions that favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 5/18/2016) Updated (12/19/2019)