These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate The Tennessee Star Right biased based on story selection and editorial content that favors the Right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting based on deceptive publishing of political information without disclosure of ownership and funding.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2017, The Tennessee Star is a news and opinion website with a right-leaning bias in reporting. According to their about page, “We feature articles reporting news, politics, and policy at the state level, primarily from Minnesota. We round out our daily coverage with national stories and thoughtful commentary of interest to our readers.” According to an investigation by Snopes The Minnesota Sun 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.
Funded by / Ownership
The Tennessee Star is a “Delaware-registered company, Star News Digital Media, Inc., whose explicit strategy is to target battleground states with conservative news.” Under this company, is the Ohio Star, Michigan Star, Battlegroundstatenews.com, and Minnesota Sun, which are essentially duplicates of the Tennessee Star. Revenue appears to be generated from advertising, however, Snopes goes in-depth in how they are funded.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Tennessee Star 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 Tennessee Star has a far-right bias with frequent use of strong emotional loaded words that favor the right and denigrate the left.
Although The Tennessee Star 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 that is attempting to look like a local paper. For this reason, we rate them factually Mixed.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate The Tennessee Star Right biased based on story selection and editorial content that favors the Right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting based on deceptive publishing tactics. (D. Van Zandt 10/26/2017) Updated (9/11/2020)