Last updated on October 30th, 2020 at 04:17 pm
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 Ledger Right-Center biased based on an editorial bias that moderately favors the right through political endorsements and story selection. 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
Founded in 1924, The Ledger is a daily broadsheet newspaper serving Lakeland, Florida, and the Polk County area. The current editor is Bob Heist.
Funded by / Ownership
The Ledger is owned by Gatehouse Media, which owns over 100 small and mid-market newspapers across the USA. The newspaper is funded through advertising and subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Polk County Ledger covers local news through the use of journalists with minimal bias such as this: Trial begins in 2015 murder of Lake Alfred softball coach. National and world news is republished via the Associated Press. Editorially, the opinion page tends to cover both sides with a slight lean right in topic selection. When it comes to endorsements this paper tends to endorse more Republicans by a moderate margin. All information is typically sourced properly and opinions and news labeled as such.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate The Ledger Right-Center biased based on an editorial bias that moderately favors the right through political endorsements and story selection. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 4/3/2019)