These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal 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 liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate The Plain Dealer Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Funded by / Ownership
The Plain Dealer is owned by Advance Publications. The company dates to the early 1920s, and is owned by the Newhouse family. Donald Newhouse together with his brother Samuel “Si” Newhouse Jr. owns Advance Publications. The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Reddit are all produced by Advance Publications. Revenue is generated through advertising and subscription sales.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Plain Dealer covers local news through journalists with minimal bias such as this Cleveland woman dies in one-vehicle crash on Interstate 480 on Christmas Eve. National and international news is covered through the Associated Press.
Editorially, the Cleveland Plain Dealer has endorsed Democratic Presidential candidates since 2008, including Hillary Clinton in 2016. The op-ed pages primarily consist of letters to the editor versus regular columnists. Although there is reasonable balance in the columns, some do offer loaded language and strong left leaning perspective such as this: The GOP’s transformation from party to cult is now complete. In general, news is reported factually with a left leaning editorial bias.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate The Plain Dealer Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (5/18/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 12/25/2019)