These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in 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 conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate the Vancouver Sun Right-Center biased based on editorial positions that lean right and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Canada 16/180
Founded in 1902, the Vancouver Sun is a broadsheet daily newspaper from Vancouver, Canada that serves the British Columbia region. The current editor is Harold Munro and the publisher is Gordon Fisher.
Funded by / Ownership
The Vancouver Sun is owned by PostMedia, which owns several right leaning media outlets throughout Canada. According to a report in the left leaning CanadaLand, PostMedia has directed its publications to be more “reliably conservative.” The newspaper is funded through advertising and subscription fees.
Chatham Asset Management, a New Jersey based hedge fund holds a large equity stake in Postmedia and majority ownership of American Media Inc. which owns the National Enquirer. David Pecker, who owns American Media, Inc. joined the Postmedia board, and then resigned from the board of Postmedia in 2018, due to his involvement of hush payments on behalf of his “friends” including President Trump and Harvey Weinstein.
According to the National Observer, PostMedia is in a downward spiral. After Postmedia announced a $1.4M loss for the last quarter of 2018, Paul Godfrey stepped down as CEO of the Postmedia Network and was replaced by Andrew MacLeod, as of 1/10/2019. Godfrey, will remain as executive chair. Godfrey was also criticized for cutting 800 full-time jobs across Postmedia in 2016, while earning an annual salary of $1.7 million. For a list of directors and upper management please see here.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Vancouver Sun reports news through the use of journalists and the Canadian Press. There is moderate use of loaded language that leans right such as this Trudeau braces for first ministers meeting, shaping up to be the most acrimonious in years and Trump fires back at Democrats who want to impeach him: ‘They know they can’t win in 2020’. When it comes to sourcing the Vancouver Sun uses credible sources such as the Canadian Press and Health Match BC. In general, story selection is relatively balanced with a slight lean to the right.
Editorially, CEO Paul Godfrey, ordered all 16 major Postmedia papers, including the Vancouver Sun to endorse Stephen Harper of the Conservative Party, in the 2015 federal elections.
A factual search reveals the Vancouver Sun has never failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate the Vancouver Sun Right-Center biased based on editorial positions that lean right and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (7/28/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 10/10/2019)