Questionable Reasoning: Poor Sourcing, Sensationalism, Numerous Failed Fact Checks
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: LOW
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Launched in 2008, RadarOnline is a website focusing on breaking news, celebrity stories, true crime, politics, and more. Maer Roshan is the founder and editor of the RadarOnline. Radar is managed by Empire Media Group Holdings LLC, which has its headquarters in New York City.
Funded by / Ownership
Dylan Howard is the owner of Radar, as he holds the positions of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Radar Media Group LLC., which is the entity that manages the website. The site is monetized through advertisements.
Analysis / Bias
RadarOnline specializes in sensational and exclusive stories, often featuring eye-catching headlines and strong language. For example, an article about Lamar Odom and Shannon Beador uses exclusive language like “insider” and portrays the individuals in a non-neutral manner. Here is a quote from the article: “An insider tells us Odom has yet to hear back from Beador but has not given up.” The article cites Vanity Wellness Center and factually mixed TMZ as external sources.
Similarly, an article about Lauren Boebert, “Political Group Accuses Lauren Boebert of ‘Illegal Acts,’ Calling On U.S. Attorney in Colorado to Investigate Embattled GOP Rep,” employs strong language like “embattled” and “illegal acts” to create a sense of urgency and “accusing the two-term congresswoman of ‘allegedly using drugs'” indicate a framing that is critical of Boebert. The article employs sensational elements to capture the reader’s attention. Terms like “embattled,” “MAGA-loving,” and “illegal acts” are used to create a sense of scandal. The article cites a letter from David B. Wheeler, the head of the political action group American Muckrakers. It includes quotes from Lauren Boebert and her estranged husband, Jayson Boebert, and justice.gov. Despite citing some sources like justice.gov, the sensational tone undermines journalistic standards.
The outlet’s coverage spans Democratic (‘It Doesn’t Matter’: Stuttering President Joe Biden Struggles to Pronounce Acronym for Pacific Islands Infrastructure Initiative) and Republican (See Boebert above) figures, emphasizing their flaws or controversies rather than their policy positions or achievements. Given its sensational tone and focus on questionable exclusive claims, RadarOnline fits the characteristics of tabloid journalism. With numerous failed fact checks, they are also rated low for factual reporting.
Failed Fact Checks
- Michael Jackson’s cremated body made into necklaces for his children. – False
- Heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne was on his “death bed” at the start of 2020. – False
- Michael Jackson’s body could be removed from his coffin to be examined for DNA evidence. – False
- Was a woman found dead in the Arkansas River linked to the “suspicious death” of former Clinton advisor Mark Middleton. – False
- See All failed fact checks.
Overall, we rate RadarOnline as least biased based on covering both sides with sensational stories. We also rate them Questionable based on the promotion of unproven claims and numerous failed fact checks. (M. Huitsing 09/26/2023)
Last Updated on September 26, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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