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.
- 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.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
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. It began operations in 1890 and became a newspaper in 1908 according to their website.
Funded by / Ownership
The newspaper is owned by Columbian Publishing Co., which has been operated by the Campbell family 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 County region. Articles and headlines present local news with minimally loaded language such as this Battle Ground man accused in Oregon burglary. National and international stories are provided by the Associated Press and Washington Post.
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. A review of 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 to date
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)