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 appealing 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 Luis Obispo Tribune Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that usually favor 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 Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1869, The Tribune is a daily broadsheet newspaper and news website that covers San Luis Obispo County, California.
Funded by / Ownership
San Luis Obispo Tribune is owned by Chatham Asset Management, a New Jersey-based hedge fund with a significant equity stake in Postmedia and majority ownership of American Media Inc. In 2020, Chatham Asset Management bought the McClatchy Company, which owned numerous newspapers around the USA and has won several Pulitzer Prizes. Advertising and subscription fees generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the website and newspaper cover local news around San Luis Obispo county through Tribune reporters. They present news with minimally loaded wording in headlines such as this: Andy Caldwell reported questionable campaign donations — it’s ‘nothing nefarious,’ he says. National and international news is covered by other McClatchy properties as well as the Associated Press.
Editorially, The Tribune typically does not endorse Presidential candidates; however, in 2016, they made an exception and endorsed Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton. A review of editorials demonstrates more favor left-leaning positions such as public education funding and reporting negatively on conservatives, such as this SLO County official compared Democrats to Nazis. He should apologize and resign. In general, they report news factually with a left-leaning editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the San Luis Obispo Tribune Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that usually favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (D. Van Zandt 2/28/2020) Updated (08/08/2022)
Last Updated on June 30, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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