These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using an appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
- Overall, we rate the Tri-City Herald Least Biased based on low-biased news reporting and a balanced editorial page. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1918, The Tri-City Herald is a daily newspaper based in Kennewick, Washington, in the United States. The newspaper serves southeastern Washington, including the three communities of Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland (Tri-Cities). It also serves the smaller cities of Benton City, Connell, Prosser, and West Richland. The current editor is Laurie Williams.
Funded by / Ownership
The Tri-City Herald is owned by Chatham Asset Management, a New Jersey-based hedge fund with a significant equity stake in Postmedia and majority ownership of American Media Inc. In 2020, Chatham Asset Management bought the McClatchy Company, which owned numerous newspapers around the USA and has won several Pulitzer Prizes. Advertising and subscription fees generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Tri-City Herald covers local news, sports, weather, and crime through reporters. Articles and headlines are often minimally biased, such as this: Cyber thieves steal $740,000 from Benton County. Employee fell for a common scam. Other McClatchy papers provide national and international news. The website features a section for politics that generally offers syndicated content from other McClatchy properties.
Editorially, the Tri-City Herald has a mixed record with presidential endorsements. For example, in 2012, they endorsed Republican Mitt Romney; in 2016, they endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. A review of editorials reveals a mix of left and right-leaning opinions. News reporting is generally low-biased and has a reasonably balanced editorial perspective.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the Tri-City Herald Least Biased based on low-biased news reporting and a balanced editorial page. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (D. Van Zandt 2/7/2020) Updated (08/11/2022)
Last Updated on August 27, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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