The Southern Illinoisan is a daily print newspaper published in the city of Carbondale, Illinois, United States. The paper covers news, sports, entertainment, lifestyle, and opinion for Carbondale and the surrounding area. thesouthern.com serves as the domain for the online version of the newspaper.
Funded by / Ownership
Lee Enterprises owns and publishes The Southern Illinoisan. 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 Southern Illinoisan reports on news, sports, weather, crime, and entertainment for the greater Carbondale, Illinois region. Reporters demonstrate minimal bias when reporting local news, such as this COVID-19 staffing shortage closes one Carbondale school. 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 Southern Illinoisan 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 Southern Illinoisan 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 4/2/2018) Updated (01/09/2023)
Last Updated on January 9, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check