These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using an appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
- Overall, we rate The Columbian Least Biased based on balanced story selection and minimal editorial bias. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
The Columbian is a daily newspaper that services Vancouver WA and Clark County, which has a population of over 400,000 and is Washington State’s 5th largest county. According to its website, it began operations in 1890 and became a newspaper in 1908.
Funded by / Ownership
The newspaper is owned by Columbian Publishing Co., which the Campbell family has operated since 1921. Revenue is derived through advertising and subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Columbian covers news, sports, business, and lifestyle for the greater Vancouver, Washington, and Clark Counties region. Articles and headlines present local news with minimally loaded language, such as this Battle Ground man accused in Oregon burglary. The Associated Press and Washington Post provide national and international stories.
Editorially, The Columbian endorses candidates on the state and local level; however, in the 2020 Presidential Election, they did not endorse either candidate. Locally, they endorse both Democrats and Republicans. For example, they endorsed Democratic Governor Jay Inslee, and for Washington Secretary of State, they endorsed Republican Kim Wyman. Reviewing editorials and opinion pieces reveals a reasonable balance with slightly more favoring the left. In general, the news is reported factually and with minimal bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate The Columbian Least Biased based on balanced story selection and minimal editorial bias. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 11/27/2020) Updated (04/13/2022)
Last Updated on June 30, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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