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 48/180
Founded in 2017, The Tennessee Star is a news and opinion website with a right wing bias in reporting. The website does not have an about page that shows mission and ownership, however their Facebook page states: “The Tennessee Star is your NEW place for news and information that matters. Investigative Reports, thoughtful Opinion, Sports, Lifestyle, and more.” The only name associated with the website is Steve Gill who is the Political Editor. According to an investigation by Snopes The Tennessee Star is not a local newspaper, but rather a front for “Tea Party-connected conservative activists: Michael Patrick Leahy, Steve Gill, and Christina Botteri.” Snopes details connections to conservative donors and PACS as well.
Funded by / Ownership
The Tennessee Star does not disclose ownership, however Snopes found that they are held through 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 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 right wing 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. A factual search reveals they have not failed any fact checks.
Although The Tennessee Star is right biased and generally factual, we cannot rate them High for factual reporting due to their deceptive practices of not revealing ownership and funding. This source has been exposed as a political activism website that is attempting to look like a local paper. For this reason we rate them factually Mixed.
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. (D. Van Zandt 10/26/2017) Updated (4/11/2019)