Founded in 1861, The Sentinel is a daily print newspaper published in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States. The paper covers news, sports, entertainment, lifestyle, and opinion for Harrisburg-Carlisle and the surrounding area. Cumberlink.com serves as the domain for the online version of the newspaper.
Funded by / Ownership
Lee Enterprises owns and publishes The Sentinel. According to Open Secrets, Lee Enterprises donated 88% of its money to Republican politicians from 1990 until 2016. However, during the 2020 election cycle, they donated 70% to Democratic candidates and causes. Advertising and subscription fees generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Sentinel reports on news, sports, weather, crime, and entertainment for the greater Harrisburg, PA, region. Reporters demonstrate minimal bias when reporting local news, such as this Pennsylvania court strikes down state’s expansive mail-in voting law. Further, the website publishes national and international news from the Associated Press. Finally, all information is sourced via first-person accounts or through credible media.
Editorially, The Sentinel reasonably represents both sides. A review of editorial articles demonstrates a reasonable low bias; however, slightly more op-eds favor the right. While more op-eds favor the right, liberal perspectives have fair representation; therefore, they earn a least biased rating on the right side of the scale. In general, the news is reported factually and with minimal bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate The Sentinel as Least Biased based on reasonably balanced editorial positions that slightly favor the right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (D. Van Zandt 4/28/2018) Updated (01/13/2023)
Last Updated on July 1, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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