- Overall, we rate the Tennessee Lookout Left Biased based on editorial positions that routinely favor the left. We also rate them High in factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
The Tennessee Lookout is an online news website from Tennessee. Their about statement reads, “Now more than ever, tough and fair journalism is important. The Tennessee Lookout is your watchdog, telling the stories of politics and policy that affect the people of the Volunteer State.”
Funded by / Ownership
According to their about page, the Tennessee Lookout is part of States Newsroom, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by grants and a coalition of donors and readers. States Newsroom publishes 28 other publications. The Georgia Recorder is transparent as they link to the States Newsroom donors page. Initially, when they launched, they got fiscal sponsorship from the Hopewell Foundation; however, once the IRS approved their application for 501(c)(3) charity certification, they severed their ties with Hopewell Foundation. There has been criticism of their involvement with the Hopewell Foundation, and they have responded to the criticism here.
Analysis / Bias
The Tennessee Lookout publishes original news reporting on politics and policy from Louisiana. Coverage focuses on the legislature, the environment, and how national policy affects Tennesseans. Articles and headlines promote liberal perspectives through moderate, loaded language Biden appoints Nashville businessman Bill Freeman to Fulbright Board. They properly source, linking to the Tennessee Lookout and credible sources such as whitehouse.gov, Washington Post, Politico, Center for Responsive Politics (Open Secrets), and bls.gov (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Editorially, opinion pieces favor the left, such as this Few competitive races, apathy, lack of investment: the conundrum of low voter participation. On the issues, the Tennessee Lookout promotes LGBT equality and has concerns about climate change. Finally, they frequently report negatively on Republican politicians, such as this Peddling poison: Donald Trump follows long line of demagogues. The Tennessee Lookout generally reports news factually; however, story selection and op-eds strongly favor a liberal perspective.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the Tennessee Lookout Left Biased based on editorial positions that routinely favor the left. We also rate them High in factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean check record. (M. Huitsing 11/23/2022)
Last Updated on November 23, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check