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.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 43/180
Notes: Founded in 1897, The Press Democrat, with the largest circulation in the California North Bay Area, is a daily newspaper published in Santa Rosa, California. It is currently owned by Sonoma Media Investments, LLC. The Press Democrat has won the 2004 George Polk Award for Regional Reporting, given annually by Long Island University to honor contributions to journalistic integrity and investigative reporting. They have also won the Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for Breaking News Reporting.
In review, The Press Democrat reports local and regional news through the use of journalists and other local media sources. National and international news is primarily derived from the Associated Press. There is minimal use of loaded words in articles and headlines as well as in editorials. Editorially, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat endorsed Hillary Clinton for President on 2016 and editorial positions slightly favor the left. All information is well sourced and factual.
Overall, we rate The Press Democrat Left-Center biased based on editorial position and High for factual reporting due to use of low biased sources. (D. Van Zandt 4/19/2018)
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