These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using 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 UPI Least Biased based on neutral wording and story selection. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1907, United Press International (UPI) is an international news agency whose newswires, photo, news film, and audio services provided news material to thousands of newspapers, magazines and radio and television stations during the 20th century. According to their about page “United Press International is a leading provider of news, photos and information to millions of readers around the globe via UPI.com and its licensing services.”
Funded by / Ownership
UPI is owned by News World Communications, which was founded in New York City, in 1976, by Unification movement founder and leader Sun Myung Moon. Revenue is generated through advertising as well as the licensing of articles and photos.
Analysis / Bias
In review, UPI is similar to Reuters and the AP, but on a smaller scale. Articles typically use neutral language such as this Saudi Arabia cuts oil output after Houthi drone attack. This story is properly sourced back to CNN and the Wall Street Journal. In general, story selection is neutral and low biased. For example, when covering President Trump they do not offer opinions, but rather report the facts, Trump, Netanyahu discuss mutual defense treaty ahead of Israel elections. They also do not publish editorials.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate UPI Least Biased based on neutral wording and story selection. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 11/29/2016) Updated (11/16/2020)