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 Toronto Star Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that favor the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: EXCELLENT
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Funded by / Ownership
The Toronto Star is owned by Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. (a subsidiary of Nordstar Capital LP), which owns numerous newspapers throughout Canada. Subscription fees and advertising generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Toronto Star reports local news through journalists and national/international news via such sources as the Associated Press and the Washington Post. There is minimal use of loaded language in reporting local news: Province submits fresh evidence in ongoing court fight over Toronto council cut.
On the other hand, editorials utilize moderately loaded headlines that favor the left, such as this: It’s time for Doug Ford to stop campaigning and start governing. Further, the Toronto Star has always endorsed progressive democratic candidates for most of its history, most recently endorsing Justin Trudeau. In general, story selection tends to favor the left. Finally, a Reuters institute survey found that 57% of respondents trust their news coverage and 16% do not, ranking them #8 in trust among the major English language Canadian news providers.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the Toronto Star Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that favor the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing. (11/12/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 03/28/2022)
Last Updated on July 1, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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