These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in 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 conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate The Jerusalem Post Right-Center biased based on editorial positions that favor the right-leaning government. We also rate them Mostly Factual for reporting, rather than High due to two failed fact checks.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: Israel 88/180
The Jerusalem Post is an English-language daily newspaper based in Jerusalem, Israel. It was founded by Ukrainian-born American immigrant to Palestine, Gershon Agron in 1932, and originally published as the “Palestine Post” and in the British mandate of Palestine. In 1950 its name was changed to The Jerusalem Post. For more information regarding its history please see the National Library of Tel Aviv University. Inbar Ashkenazi is the CEO of Jerusalem Post Group and Yaakov Katz is the Editor-in-Chief.
Funded by / Ownership
In 1989, the paper was purchased by Hollinger Inc. for $17-million, which was owned by Canadian-born British Conservative Conrad Black. Conrad Black later was charged with “swindling his company, Hollinger International, of $60 million.” He was serving a prison sentence, however, in 2019 he was pardoned by President Donald Trump.
Mirkaei Tikshoret Group Ltd jointly with CanWest purchased the Jerusalem Post from Hollinger International in 2004 for $13.2 million. Later, CanWest lost its 50% share to Mirkaei Tikshoret Group Ltd. The Jerusalem Post is currently owned by Eli Azur an Israeli businessman through Mirkaei Tikshoret, a Tel Aviv-based media company. Revenue is derived from advertising and a paid subscription.
Analysis / Bias
In 2020 Reporters Without Borders ranked Israel 88/180 in their Press Freedom Index. Stating there is a “Toxic environment” for journalism. Currently, the Prime Minister of Israel is Benjamin Netanyahu. He is also the leader of the right-wing Likud party.
Until 1989, the Jerusalem Post’s political leaning was left-leaning as it supported the ruling Labor Party. After the paper was acquired by Conrad Black, its political position changed to right-leaning, when Black began hiring conservative journalists and editors. Eli Azur is the current owner of Jerusalem Post and according to Ynetnews, and a Haaretz article, “Benjamin Netanyahu, the Editor in Chief” in 2017, Azur gave testimony regarding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pressure. Current Editor Yaakov Katz was the former senior policy advisor to Naftali Bennett who is the head of the far-right political party, “New Right.”
In review, The Jerusalem Post covers Israeli and regional news with strongly emotionally loaded language with right-leaning bias with articles such as this “Country’s founding Labor party survives near extinction” and “Netanyahu slams settler leader for insulting Trump”. The Jerusalem Post also criticizes the Associated Press: “The Associated Press cooperated with Hitler’s Nazi regime, historian claims”. When it comes to sourcing the Jerusalem Post sources to itself as well as using large quotes from the New York Times and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
A factual search reveals one Unsupported claim. However, on 9/4/2019, the Jerusalem Post published a false story that claimed Canada would receive 100,000 Palestinians from Lebanon. The Canadian Government denied this and asked the Jerusalem Post to correct their story, which they did.
Failed Fact Checks
- “We believe we will offer in a year’s time a complete cure for cancer.” – Unsupported
- “People with blood type O [are] more protected against COVID-19” – Lacks Context (6/22/2020)
Overall, we rate The Jerusalem Post Right-Center biased based on editorial positions that favor the right-leaning government. We also rate them Mostly Factual for reporting, rather than High due to two failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 8/29/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 6/26/2020)