Star News Network – Bias and Credibility

Star News Network - Right Bias - Conservative - Republican - Not CredibleFactual Reporting: Mixed - Not always Credible or Reliable


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  • Overall, we rate The Star News Network as right-biased and questionable based on a lack of transparency and acting as a propaganda imposter website through deceptive publishing tactics.

Detailed Report

Questionable Reasoning: Imposter Site, Lack of Transparency, Propaganda
Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: USA
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY


The Star News Network is a news and opinion website with a right-leaning bias in reporting. According to their about page, “The Star News Network features coverage of news, politics, and policy at the state level from our family of digital news outlets. We round out our daily coverage with national stories and thoughtful commentary of interest to our readers.” According to an investigation by Snopes, The Star News Network is not a local newspaper but rather a front for “Tea Party-connected conservative activists: Michael Patrick Leahy and Christina Botteri.” Snopes details connections to conservative donors and PACS as well.

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Funded by / Ownership

The Star News Network is a “Delaware-registered company, Star News Digital Media, Inc., whose explicit strategy is to target battleground states with conservative news.” Under this company are the Ohio Star, Michigan Star,, and Tennessee Star, which are essentially duplicates of the Minnesota Sun with local news. Revenue appears to be generated from advertising; however, Snopes explains how they are funded.

Analysis / Bias

In review, The Star News Network presents news with a conservative bias through story selection that usually favors the right. All articles are properly sourced and generally use credible mainstream sources. There is some use of loaded words within news stories, but not excessive.

Editorially, the Star News Network has a strong right-leaning bias with frequent use of strong, emotionally loaded words that favor the right and denigrate the left, such as this Commentary: Biden’s Fumble on Corporate Taxes Would Leave Retirees in the Cold. Although The Star News Network is right-biased and generally factual, we cannot rate them High for factual reporting due to the source being exposed as a political activism website attempting to look like a local paper. For this reason, we rate them factually Mixed based on a lack of transparency and the promotion of propaganda.

Failed Fact Checks

Overall, we rate The Star News Network as Right biased and questionable based on a lack of transparency and acting as a propaganda imposter website through deceptive publishing tactics. (D. Van Zandt 09/13/2023)


Last Updated on September 13, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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