The Sydney Morning Herald – Media Bias/Fact Check
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 The Sydney Morning Herald 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: Australia 26/180
Founded in 1831, as the Sydney Herald, the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) is the oldest continuously published newspaper in Australia and a national online news brand. The print version of the newspaper is published six days a week. The current editor is Lisa Davies.
Funded by / Ownership
The Sydney Morning Herald is owned by Nine Entertainment, which is an Australian publicly listed media company. Nine owns several TV channels as well as new organizations such as The Age and 9news. The SMH is funded through advertising and subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Sydney Morning Herald covers news within the Sydney area through journalists and with minimally loaded language such as this: Strong winds fanning out-of-control NSW bushfires expected to continue. This story is appropriately sourced to video and first-person accounting. World News is also covered via original writing from journalists such as this: Senior judge admonishes Johnson over no-deal Brexit ‘loophole’ ploy. The paper also features a section dedicated to politics that maintains a reasonable centrist tone such as this: Federal MPs rally behind Hong Kong protests in push back against China.
Editorially, the SMH has a long history of endorsing a variety of candidates from both the left and right. However, recently in 2007 and 2010, they endorsed the Center-Left Labor party and in 2016, they endorsed USA Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Finally, in 2019 they endorsed Bill Shorten of the Labor Party. Further, the editorial page tends to lean left with op-eds supporting gender equality and opposing drug testing for welfare recipients. In general, SMH reports news factually and with minimal bias, while editorial positions lean slightly left.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate The Sydney Morning Herald 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 7/29/2016) Updated (8/2/2020)
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