These media sources are slight to moderately conservative in 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 conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate The Times of South Africa Right-Center Biased based on editorial positions that favor the right-leaning government. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting due to poor sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Country: South Africa
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
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. They are based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Times Live features breaking news, opinion, analysis, commentary, and entertainment news.
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Funded by / Ownership
Times Live is owned by Tiso Blackstar Group, formerly Times Media Group. Advertising and subscription fees generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
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 are 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”.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate The Times of South Africa Right-Center Biased based on editorial positions that favor the right-leaning government. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting due to poor sourcing and a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 5/6/2018) Updated (02/04/2022)
Last Updated on February 4, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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