Reasoning: Propaganda, Conspiracy, Poor Sourcing
World Press Freedom Rank: Russia 149/180
Founded in 1902, Russian News Agency (TASS) is a major news agency in Russia. Tass is the largest Russian news agency, and the fourth largest in the world after Reuters, the Associated Press (AP) and Agence France-Presse (AFP).
Funded by / Ownership
Tass is owned by the Government of Russia and funded through advertising and the Russian Government.
Analysis / Bias
In review, TASS is a news wire service similar to the Associated Press, but there is no comparison between the two. The only similarity is both use low biased headlines and wording, however TASS is 100% Russian propaganda, all the time. It is not possible to find an article critical of Vladimir Putin and his administration. TASS does not cite sources in their news reporting and often omits reporting that is not positive about Russia. Further, they report favorably on President Trump and often promote disinformation directed at Trump’s opponents such as this: Joe Biden’s son and his partners received $16.5 million from Burisma — Ukrainian MP. This story lacks sourcing to back claims. The bottom line is TASS is a puppet of the Russian Regime.
Overall, we rate the Russian News Agency (TASS), Questionable based on the consistent promotion of Russian Propaganda, conspiracies, and poor sourcing of information. (D. Van Zandt 2/16/2017) Updated (11/22/2019)