These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: South Africa 28/180
Notes: Times Live also known as The Times of South Africa is a South African English language online newspaper and an offshoot of The Sunday Times. It is owned by Tiso Blackstar Group, formerly Times Media Group. The editor of The Times is Andrew Trench. Times Live is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Times Live features breaking news, opinion, analysis, commentary, and entertainment news.
The 2018 World Press Freedom Index from Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has South Africa ranked of 28th out of 180 countries.
According to a Mail & Guardian article titled “South Africa’s (political) media landscape” the political positioning of Times Media Group is a “Government watchdog, openly critical of some ANC policies, extensive reporting on corruption and related scandals.” ANC (The African National Congress) is the Republic of South Africa’s governing political party. The political position of ANC is Centre-left.
In review, Times Live uses loaded words in their headlines and articles such as “Zuma is going to have his day in court soon and it’s going to be ugly’ and they republish stories from their sister publication The Sunday Times (South Africa). Times Live typically sources through quotes and rarely links to other sources in their articles. The articles under the Times Select section is subject to a subscription therefore we couldn’t review the content.
Their position on US politics is anti-Trump since the President’s “shithole countries” remark. Times Live published an open letter to Donald Trump titled “Dear Donald: A letter from the Shithole”.
Overall, we rate Times Live Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing and Right-Center biased due to their anti-government tone. (M. Huitsing 5/6/2018)