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- Overall, we rate the TB Daily News Right Biased and Questionable based on a complete lack of transparency and the promotion of hyper-partisan sensationalism.
Reasoning: Lack of Transparency, Sensationalism
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2018, TB Daily News is a news and opinion website that reports from a conservative perspective. The website completely lacks transparency as they do not offer an about page, mission statement, disclose author names, or who owns the website. Thanks to Google we were able to track some information down. Articles are published by Uncle Turtleboy, who is actually Aiden Kearney from Worcester, Massachusettes. Aiden Kearney is a former teacher who is the sole owner of Worcester Digital Marketing LLC, which previously did business as Turtleboy Digital Marketing LLC. In 2019, the ACLU defended Aiden Kearney in a libel suit.
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Funded by / Ownership
TB Daily News is not transparent in their disclosure of ownership, however, it appears to be owned by Aiden Kearney through his company Worcester Digital Marketing LLC. Revenue is derived through advertising and an online store that says sells Turtleboy branded merchandise.
Analysis / Bias
In review, TB Daily News primarily covers local news in eastern Massachusettes with a strong right-leaning bias. There is the frequent use of emotionally loaded wording that usually denigrates the left such as this 46 Year Old Man Rod Webber Who Lives With Mom In Needham Burns American Flag In Quincy After Crying To Police When First Attempt Failed. Although the majority of articles reviewed are strongly opposed to Democrats they will also call out Republicans such as this Mass GOP Holding Fundraiser At Home Of Accused Child Sex Abuser Luke Noble, Republican Candidates Called To Denounce. When it comes to sourcing they typically use credible local media such as the Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram.
On national politics, they often side with President Trump and defend him from opposition such as this Harrington Hospital Nurse Wishes Death Upon President Trump Several Times, Calls Him A Prick And Supporters “Arse Lickers” In Facebook Posts. In general, the primary aim of this blog is to sensationalize and agitate readers. In the article New Bedford Anti-Vaxxer Mom Live Streams Herself Barging Into Hospital To Prove That No One Is Sick From Coronavirus they open with a bizarre quote equating anti-vaxxers and atheists that reads like this “Anti-vaxxers, like atheists, are mostly attention-seeking narcissists whose sole purpose is to tell you how dumb you are and how smart they are by citing thoroughly debunked garbage that they read on 4 Chan.” In summary, Many articles appear to be written to trigger an emotional response from the reader that often favors the right.
Failed Fact Checks
- They have not been fact-checked to date.
Overall, we rate the TB Daily News Right Biased and Questionable based on a complete lack of transparency and the promotion of hyper-partisan sensationalism. (D. Van Zandt 10/12/2020)
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