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 Virginian-Pilot Left-Center Biased based on op-eds and endorsements that slightly favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1865, The Virginian-Pilot is a daily newspaper based in Norfolk, Virginia. Commonly known as The Pilot, it is Virginia’s largest daily. It serves the five cities of South Hampton Roads and several smaller towns across southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina.
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Funded by / Ownership
The Virginian-Pilot is owned by Tribune Publishing, which owns numerous newspapers across the United States. Tribune Publishing is owned by Alden Global Capital LLC; a New York-Based Hedge Fund described as “Vulture Capitalists” by former Denver Post writers for the cuts made to newsrooms. Subscription fees and advertising generate revenue for the paper.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Virginian-Pilot covers local news through journalists with minimal bias in wording such as this The Block’ in Virginia Beach has new police surveillance cameras. Local news is sourced through quotes, interviews, and accounts, while National and world news comes directly from the Associated Press.
Editorially, the Virginian-Pilot tends to endorse Democratic candidates, though not 100%. A review of op-eds reveals more favor the left, such as this Opinion: Politics shouldn’t dictate when to stand with LGBTQ Virginians. The Virginian-Pilot reports news factually and with a left-leaning bias through editorial positions.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the Virginian-Pilot Left-Center Biased based on op-eds and endorsements that slightly favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 6/6/2017) Updated (12/31/2022)
Last Updated on December 31, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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