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.
- Overall, we rate WalesOnline Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that mostly favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: United Kingdom
World Press Freedom Rank: UK 35/180
Founded in 2008, WalesOnline is a news website for the newspapers, the Western Mail and South Wales Echo. The Western Mail was launched in 1869 and the South Wales Echo in 1884. According to their about page “We’ve established ourselves undoubtedly as Wales’ premier outlet for breaking news, from major road congestion to serious police incidents, and provide detailed coverage of courts and the justice system across Wales.” Further, they are a part of The Trust Project, which is a “consortium of top news companies that is developing transparency standards that help to easily assess the quality and credibility of journalism.” Some notable members of the Trust Project are The Economist, The Globe and Mail, Independent Journal Review, Italy’s La Repubblica and La Stampa, Reach Plc and The Washington Post.
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Funded by / Ownership
WalesOnline is owned by Reach plc (formerly known as Trinity Mirror) which is a British newspaper, magazine, and digital publisher. The website is funded through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, WalesOnline publishes original news stories pertaining to Wales and the surrounding areas. They also provide national and international news. Headlines related to local news are low biased such as this Mobile camera catches more than 1,000 parking illegally outside Bridgend schools in first year. WalesOnline publishes news in categories, with one category being politics. Under this category, there is a left-leaning editorial bias as many articles report unfavorably on Conservative Boris Johnson such as this: Boris Johnson’s election broadcast shows he thinks we’re stupid | Will Hayward. A review of op-eds shows that many favor the left, such as those with anti-Brexit views and those supporting gender equality. In general, news is reported factually with a left-leaning editorial bias.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate WalesOnline Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that mostly favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 11/14/2019)
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