Santa Maria Times

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Santa Maria Times - Least Biased


These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes).  The reporting is factual and usually sourced.  These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.

Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180


The Santa Maria Times is a print newspaper from Santa Maria, California that serves Santa Barbara County.

Funded by / Ownership

The paper is owned by Lee Enterprises, which according to Open Secrets has donated 88% of its money to Republican politicians since 1990. The Santa Maria Times is funded through a subscription and advertising model.

Analysis / Bias

In review, the Santa Maria Times covers local news with journalists and reporters throughout Southern California. For national news they use the Associated Press. All news is reported with minimal loaded words and bias. The Santa Maria Times always sources their information properly. Editorially, there is a balance between right and left leaning opinions with just a slight edge to the right.

Overall, we rate the Santa Maria Times Least Biased due to a balanced editorial page and High for factual reporting based on proper sourcing. (D. Van Zandt 3/30/2018) Updated (8/11/2018)


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