The Times and Democrat is a daily print newspaper published in the city of Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States. The paper covers news, sports, entertainment, lifestyle, and opinion for Orangeburg and the surrounding area. Thetandd.com serves as the domain for the online version of the newspaper.
Funded by / Ownership
Lee Enterprises owns and publishes The Times and Democrat. 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 Times and Democrat report on news, sports, weather, crime, and entertainment for the greater Orangeburg SC region. Reporters demonstrate minimal bias when reporting local news, such as this Shots fired at Cope home; teens facing charges. 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 Times and Democrat reasonably represent 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 Times and Democrat 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 4/29/2018) Updated (01/28/2022)
Last Updated on January 28, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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