These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appeals 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 Journal as Least Biased based on its mixed editorial positions and high for factual reporting due to credible news sources and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
The Journal is a daily newspaper based in Cortez, Colorado, serving the Four Corners area of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. The newspaper covers local news, sports, politics, and events, as well as national and international news.
Funded by / Ownership
The Journal is owned by Ballantine Communications, a family-owned media company based in Durango, Colorado. The company also owns several other newspapers, magazines, and websites in the region. The newspaper’s revenue comes from advertising and subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
In reviewing The Journal, the newspaper primarily reports national news through credible sources such as the Associated Press. The reporting is factual, and the headlines are neutral. Journalists do the paper’s reporting on local news with minimal bias, and sources are properly cited, such as this Mancos will inventory trees in town as part of Community Forestry Program.
Editorially, The Journal presents a mix of left and right-leaning opinions with a reasonable balance. The paper has supported Democrats in the past, including former President Barack Obama and Colorado Governor Jared Polis, who is a member of the Democratic Party. However, they also publish conservative viewpoints, such as an opinion piece from Republican Senator Cory Gardner. Overall, the editorial page is not dogmatically ideological and publishes various opinions.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate The Journal as Least Biased based on its mixed editorial positions and high for factual reporting due to credible news sources and a clean fact-check record. (D. Van Zandt 03/12/2023)
Last Updated on July 1, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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