The State (South Carolina) – Bias and Credibility

Lexington Herald Leader - Left Center Bias - Liberal - Democrat - Credible

Factual Reporting: High - Credible - Reliable


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 appeals 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 Lexington Herald-Leader Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record.

Detailed Report

Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: USA
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic


The State is a daily newspaper published in Columbia, South Carolina. The State Media Company was founded on February 18, 1891, by the Gonzales brothers (N.G., Ambrose, and William).

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Funded by / Ownership

The State is owned by Chatham Asset Management, a New Jersey-based hedge fund with a significant equity stake in Postmedia and majority ownership of American Media Inc. In 2020, Chatham Asset Management bought the McClatchy Company, which owned numerous newspapers around the USA and has won several Pulitzer Prizes. Advertising and subscription fees generate revenue.

Analysis / Bias

In review, The State covers local news through reporters with minimal bias, such as this Picnicking couple attacked by bear multiple times on Blue Ridge Parkway, rangers say. National and international comes from other Chatam papers and the Associated Press.

Editorially, The State tends to favor Democratic candidates through endorsements. They generally report the news factually and with a slight left-leaning bias.

Failed Fact Checks

  • None in the Last 5 years

Overall, we rate The State Left-Center biased based on candidate endorsements that favor Democrats. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (M. Huitsing 9/27/2017) Updated (01/08/2023)


Last Updated on July 1, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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