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 WesternMassNews.com Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the left. 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 2015, WesternMassNews.com is the website for television stations WGGB and WSHM, which provides news coverage for the Western Massachusetts region of the United States. The website is transparent in that they offer staff information and disclose ownership.
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Funded by / Ownership
WesternMassNews.com is owned by the Meredith Corporation, which “owns magazines, television stations, websites, and radio stations. Meredith’s publications have a readership of more than 120 million, paid circulation of more than 40 million, and its websites have nearly 135 million monthly unique visitors. Meredith’s broadcast television stations reach 11% of U.S. households.” During its history Meredith Corporation donated the most money to Republican candidates and causes. However, beginning in 2018, they have shifted funding in favor of Democrats 87%. Revenue is derived through advertising and sponsored content.
Analysis / Bias
In review, local news is handled by reporters covering crime, sports, weather, traffic, and lifestyle. There is minimal use of loaded language as evidenced by this, Police investigating Springfield shooting. National and international news is often handled by other Meredith properties as well as the Associated Press and CNN.
Editorially, WesternMassNews.com does not offer opinion pieces, however, they do have a section of the website dedicated to climate change, which is an issue important to the political left. In general, news reporting is factual with a left-leaning editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate WesternMassNews.com Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 2/20/2020)
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