The Whitefish Pilot is a newspaper published in Whitefish, Montana, United States. The paper covers news, sports, entertainment, lifestyle, and opinion for Whitefish and the surrounding area. whitefishpilot.com serves as the domain for the online version of the newspaper.
Funded by / Ownership
The Hagadone Corporation owns and publishes the Whitefish Pilot. The Hagadone Corporation, based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, publishes 16 newspapers in Idaho, Montana, and Washington State. According to Open Secrets, they have donated to Republicans in the past (2012). However, during the 2020 election cycle, they did not donate to either party. Advertising and subscription fees generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Whitefish Pilot reports on news, sports, weather, crime, and entertainment for the greater Whitefish, Montana region. Reporters demonstrate minimal bias when reporting local news, such as this Voters reject $33.7M Whitefish School District bond. Further, the website publishes national and international news from the Associated Press. Finally, all information is sourced via first-person accounts or through credible media.
Editorially, the Whitefish Pilot reasonably represents both sides. A review of editorial articles demonstrates a reasonably low bias; however, slightly more op-eds favor the right. While more op-eds favor the right, liberal perspectives have fair representation; therefore, they earn a least biased rating on the right side of the scale. In general, the news is reported factually and with minimal bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the Whitefish Pilot Least Biased based on reasonably balanced editorial positions that slightly favor the right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (D. Van Zandt 10/05/2023)
Last Updated on October 5, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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