These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appeals 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 KFSM – Fort Smith-Fayetteville News 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.
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 1953, KFSM – Fort Smith-Fayetteville News is a CBS affiliate based in Fort Smith, Arkansas. 5newsonline.com is the website for KFSMthat covers news, sports, and weather.
On June 29, 2015, the Gannett Company split in two, specializing in print media and the other specializing in broadcast and digital media. The broadcasting company retained KPNX, which took the name TEGNA.
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Funded by / Ownership
KFSM – Fort Smith-Fayetteville News 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. Advertising and sponsored content generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, KFSM – Fort Smith-Fayetteville News reports local news primarily through TV news videos and accompanying text. Local information is presented with minimally loaded wording such as this: Crews respond to house fire in Springdale. National and International news is provided by the Associated Press as well as other TEGNA TV stations.
KFSM also has a section dedicated to politics covering national politics through the Associated Press and local Arizona politics through 12 News TV. Again, the wording is low-biased such as this: Report: Beto O’Rourke plans to run for Texas governor. Further, the website does not publish editorial commentary. Finally, the website features fact checks from TEGNA’s fact check service VERIFY Fact check. In general, the news is reported factually and with minimal bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate KFSM – Fort Smith-Fayetteville News 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 9/22/2021) Updated (03/21/2022)
Last Updated on March 21, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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