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 Springfield News-Leader Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that slightly 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 45/180
Funded by / Ownership
The Springfield News-Leader is owned by Gannett (Gatehouse Media), which publishes USA Today. In August 2019, Gatehouse Media purchased and merged with Gannett becoming the largest newspaper chain in the USA. After the merger, the companies retained the Gannett name. The newspaper is funded through advertising and paid subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Springfield News-Leader covers news, sports, lifestyle, and entertainment for the greater Springfield, MO area. Local news is reported with minimal loaded emotional language such as this Police seeking second suspect in September homicide in Springfield. National and international news comes from other Gannett publications and the Associated Press.
Editorially, the Springfield News-Leader traditionally endorses Democratic candidates. In general, the news is reported factually and with slight left-leaning bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate the Springfield News-Leader Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 01/22/2021)