Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1848 as the Iowa Star, the Des Moines Register is a daily newspaper published by Gannett Company in Des Moines, Iowa. The mission statement states they are “strongly local”, however in February 2014, they became part of the USA Today Network, which republishes USA Today news stories within the paper. The Register also covers national, international news, lifestyles, sports, and business. In 2015, David Chivers was named president and publisher of the Des Moines Register and the current editor is Carol Hunter. In 2012 they endorsed Mitt Romney for President and endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
Funded by / Ownership
The Des Moines Register is part of the “USA TODAY NETWORK.” which is owned by the Gannett Company, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. The newspaper is funded through a subscription and advertising model.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Des Moines Register typically uses loaded emotional wording in headlines and within the body of articles. When reporting on President Trump the Des Moines Register offers a reasonable balance of pro-Trump and anti-Trump articles such as “Donald Trump has had one of the most successful starts of any new president in history.” A quote from the article reads: “An Islamified Western Europe is arguably one of the biggest stories of our time. Yet elites on both sides of the Atlantic are in denial about the coming Islamic takeover of much of Europe.” Another article is negative toward Trump with loaded emotional wording: “Pressure on Trump worked to end child separations. Now it must work to pass a law with heart.”
The Des Moines Register typically sources their information to credible sources such as the New York Times, Brookings.edu, LA Times, Whitehouse.gov, and the Washington Post. A factual search reveals the Des Moines Register has not failed a fact check. Further, they have served as a fact-checker for Politifact during the 2016 Presidential Primaries.
Overall, we rate the The Des Moines Register Least Biased based on mostly balanced coverage of politics, however, there is a very slight leftward lean in story selection. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information. (7/29/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 11/08/2019)