These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using 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 12 News Now KBMT Least Biased based on neutral wording and minimal editorial content. 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 1954, KBMT is a dual ABC/NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Beaumont, Texas, United States and serving southeast Texas’ Golden Triangle region. 12newsnow.com is the website for KBMT that covers news, sports and weather.
On June 29, 2015, the Gannett Company split in two, with one side specializing in print media and the other side specializing in broadcast and digital media. KBMT was retained by the broadcasting company, which took the name TEGNA.
Funded by / Ownership
12 News Now KBMT is owned and operated by TEGNA Inc., which operates 66 television stations in 54 markets. They state TEGNA’s purpose is to serve the greater good of our communities. Revenue is based on advertising and sponsored content.
Analysis / Bias
In review, 12 News Now KBMT reports local news primarily through TV news video and accompanying text. Local news is presented with minimally loaded wording such as this: Three Port Neches-Groves students test positive for COVID-19. National and International news is provided by the Associated Press as well as other TEGNA TV stations.
KBMT also has a section dedicated to politics that covers national politics through the Associated Press and local Texas politics though 12 News NowTV. Again, the wording is low biased such as this: Texas judge allows Harris County to send all voters applications for mail-in ballots. Further, the website does not publish editorial commentary. In general, the news is reported factually and with minimal bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate 12 News Now KBMT Least Biased based on neutral wording and minimal editorial content. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 09/12/2020)