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 using appeal 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.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Canada 18/180
Founded in 1892, The Toronto Star is a Canadian broadsheet daily newspaper. The Star has consistently been considered left-center, and is more socially liberal than The Globe and Mail. The current editor is Irene Gentle
Funded by / Ownership
The Toronto Star is owned by Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. (subsidiary of Torstar). The newspaper is funded through a subscription and advertising model.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Toronto Star reports local news through the use of journalists and national/international news via such sources as the Associated Press and the Washington Post. In reporting local news there is minimal use of loaded language: Province submits fresh evidence in ongoing court fight over Toronto council cut. Editorials on the other hand, 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.
A factual search reveals the Toronto Star has never failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate the Toronto Star Left-Center biased based on editorial positions the favor the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing. (11/12/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 11/2/2018)