Founded in 1982, KUSI-TV is an independent television station licensed to San Diego, California, United States. The associated website is KUSI.com which covers local news, sports, weather, and crime reporting.
Funded by / Ownership
KUSI-TV is owned by McKinnon Broadcasting, a private company based in San Diego. Advertising generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, KUSI.com reports the news for the greater San Diego area with minimal bias, such as this COVID cases decrease in San Diego County, 2.1% of population received both vaccine doses. Videos from the TV Station accompany most articles. The Associated Press provides national and international news.
Editorially, they do not provide op-eds; however, they report on politics through local reporters and the Associated Press, such as this Political storms swirl around California’s Governor Gavin Newsom. However, they have also published misinformation such as this MedRxiv Study: Hydroxychloroquine and zinc treatments increased the COVID survival rate by almost three times. This information has not been peer-reviewed and was found to be a faulty study. Furthermore, the author of KUSI’s story demonstrates strong right bias with this quote “Once again, it turns out Trump was right.” Except he wasn’t right, as there still is no evidence to confirm the effectiveness of Hydroxychloroquine.
In 2022, they continue to promote Covid-19 misinformation. Generally, the news is not always factual, primarily when related to Covid-19, and holds a right-leaning bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- “67% of the deaths are from the vaccinated”; “67% of your COVID deaths that you’re creating are from your virus that you’re putting within these people” – Incorrect
Overall, we rate KUSI.com Right-Center based on story selection and wording that slightly favors the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the promotion of pseudoscience related to Covid-19 and two failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 2/7/2021) Updated (08/23/2022)
Last Updated on August 23, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check