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- Overall, we rate Bossip strongly left-biased and questionable based on hyper-sensationalized news reporting, poor sourcing, and a failed fact check.
Reasoning: Extreme Left, Poor Sourcing, Sensationalism, Failed Fact Check
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2006, Bossip is an online entertainment and celebrity gossip magazine that focuses on African American celebrities. According to their about page, Bossip.com is the premier destination for African American popular culture and entertainment, with a voice that’s edgy, viciously hilarious, politically aware–and completely unique.
Funded by / Ownership
The site is owned by iOneDigital, which runs “urban lifestyle” websites. Revenue is generated through advertising and sponsored content.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Bossip publishes news and commentary on black celebrities and entertainment from a liberal perspective. They usually summarize news from other sources and utilize loaded emotional language such as this: What The Hell?! Louisiana Cop Gets Fired For Saying It’s ‘Unfortunate’ More Black People Haven’t Died From COVID-19 and this Young Jeezy’s Baby Mama Complains Rapper Reneged On $30K For New Car In Child Support Deal (Exclusive). Articles are usually properly sourced. However, they have linked to fake news sources such as ABC 14 in the past.
Editorially, Bossip presents with a strong left-leaning bias with frequent criticism of conservatives such as this Meghan McCain Disrespects Joy Behar On ‘The View’ & The Internet Slowly Dissects Her Conservative Mediocrity. This story links to another iOneDigital website. They also frequently refer to President Trump as a racist: Out Of PocKKKet: Faded Dookie Skid Mark Donald Trump Characterizes Coronavirus As “Chinese Virus”, He’s Racist Than A MF. In general, Bossip is a strongly left biased website that publishes sensationalized news stories that are not always factual.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Bossip strongly left-biased and questionable based on hyper-sensationalized news reporting, poor sourcing, and a failed fact check. (D. Van Zandt 5/24/2020)