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 appealing 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 State Press Left-Center Biased based on editorial/opinion positions that almost always favor the left, while news reporting is neutral and sourced. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to thorough sourcing and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1906, The State Press is the independent, student-operated news publication of Arizona State University. In August 2014, it became an all-digital publication.
Funded by / Ownership
The State Press operates under a departmental umbrella of ASU Student Media, which also features a multimedia department (statepress.com) and a magazine (State Press Magazine). Student Media organizations operate from the basement of Matthews Center at ASU’s Tempe campus and a newsroom in the Cronkite building at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. Revenue is derived from advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, local and college information is covered with minimal bias, such as this: Sun Devil swimming and diving open season with intrasquad scrimmage. A review of news stories reveals consistent sourcing of information from credible sources. When covering politics, there is a neutral tone with balanced coverage, such as this story: Arizona students take part in global climate strike. This story is also very well sourced to Congress.gov.
Editorially, The State Press tends to represent both sides politically; however, in total more stories favor the left, such as this: Opinion: We need to view birth control differently. In general, news reporting is well-sourced and low-biased, while the opinion page tends to favor the left by a large margin, such as this Opinion: DACA voices need representation and protection.
On 9/28/2019, the State Press broke a news story that has been picked up by credible sources such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. This story involves Kurt Volker, U.S. special envoy to Ukraine, who resigned on this date and was executive director of Arizona State’s McCain Institute.
“The student paper first tweeted the news at 6:10 p.m. Friday, setting off a race among national political reporters to confirm it and racking up thousands of retweets along the way. At 6:18 p.m., the article hit the paper’s website, published alongside dispatches on the university’s clubs and teams. For a little while, the State Press was the only publication that had the story. The Associated Press, New York Times, and CNN followed with their own reports about an hour later.”
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate The State Press Left-Center Biased based on editorial/opinion positions that almost always favor the left, while news reporting is neutral and sourced. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to thorough sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (D. Van Zandt 9/28/2019) Updated (11/27/2023)
Last Updated on November 27, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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