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 Washington’s Top News (WTOP) Least Biased based on balanced story selection and use of neutral language. We further rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Radio Station
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1926, WTOP-FM is a news radio station and website covering the Washington D.C. area. The website was launched in 1996. Their about page states, “WTOP delivers the latest local news, traffic, and weather information to the Washington, D.C., region across multiple platforms.” Further, “WTOP has received a multitude of awards for its news coverage over the years, including the 2018 National Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence.”
Funded by / Ownership
WTOP is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc., which is an American television and radio broadcasting corporation based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Stanley E. Hubbard founded it. WTOP is funded through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, local Washington, D.C. news is covered via journalists and uses minimally loaded words in headlines such as this: Man sought in assault outside Metro station. The Associated Press syndicates national and international news.
WTOP does not have an editorial page on its website and focuses strictly on straight news. The story selection is balanced and well-sourced. In general, there is little bias presented on the website.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Washington’s Top News (WTOP) Least Biased based on balanced story selection and use of neutral language. We further rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information. (D. Van Zandt 1/19/2019) Updated (10/28/2022)
Last Updated on July 1, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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