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 WMTW – Portland News Least Biased based on story selection with minimally biased editorializing. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: TV Station
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1954, WMTW – Portland News is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Poland Spring, Maine, United States. WMTW.com is the associated website that publishes news, sports, weather, and crime for the greater Portland, Maine area.
Funded by / Ownership
WMTW – Portland News is owned by Hearst Communications, which owns newspapers, magazines, television channels, and television stations, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle, and Esquire. According to Open Secrets, Hearst donated 70% to Republican candidates and causes in 2020. Advertising generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, WMTW – Portland News reports on news, crime, sports, weather, and entertainment for the greater Portland, Maine area. Local news is covered by reporters with minimal bias in wording, such as this Maine man charged in New Hampshire crime spree. A video accompanies most stories from the TV station. The Associated Press and other Hearst affiliates typically cover the national news.
Editorially, WMTW – Portland News does not publish editorial pieces, and when reporting on national politics, there is minimal bias as the primary source is usually the Associated Press. In general, they present fact-based, low-biased news.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate WMTW – Portland News Least Biased based on story selection with minimally biased editorializing. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (D. Van Zandt 08/03/2022)
Last Updated on July 1, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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