Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Launched in 2021, TimCast.com is a conservative-leaning website that features news, videos, and the podcast of Tim Pool. According to the about page, “TimCast has become a resource for individuals who are interested in news and information without the filtering and overtones. Whether covering politics, culture, sports, or celebrities, TimCast takes you with them as they uncover the news that makes us all take a second look. They value their audience and deliver information in a way that is authentic, real, and relatable.”
Tim Pool gained popularity as a videographer covering the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011. Afterward, he worked for Vice News and Fusion. In 2021, Pool’s Twitter profile described himself as a “disaffected liberal.”
Funded by / Ownership
Tim Pool owns and publishes timcast.com. Advertising, subscriptions, and an online shop that sells merchandise generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
Timcast.com publishes text-based news stories, original video reports, and links to his YouTube Channel and Podcast called TimCast IRL. Many articles on the website hold a conservative perspective featuring negative reporting on the Biden Administration and cultural issues. The website also publishes video reports from Trump rallies.
Articles and headlines for non-members are often direct and neutral such as this FBI’s Mar-A-Lago Raid Could Stop Trump From Running in 2024, Legal Analyst Says. These stories are adequately sourced to credible media outlets such as the Associated Press, Reuters, and in the link above, Cornell Law.
Editorially, opinion content is labeled appropriately, with story selection heavily favoring the right and often denigrating the left. For example, video content for members only frequently uses loaded emotional headlines to frame the left negatively, such as this Matt Whitaker member Podcast: Kamala Does WEIRD Woke Intro, Tim Roasts Her Over Affair With Willie Brown. Whereas non-member opinion pieces are right-leaning, but not as loaded OPINION: Former Nickelodeon Star Jennette Mccurdy’s Forthcoming Memoir Should Strike Fear in Hollywood’s Dark Underbelly.
Recently, TimCast.com had a dispute with media credibility rater Newsguard in which they rated the website as not gathering and presenting news responsibly. Essentially, Newsguard claims that by repeating a quote by former President Trump or any other false source, TimCast.com is making a false claim. Tim Pool argues that the sources he used (New York Post and Daily Mail) all have Green (credible) ratings by Newsguard. Of note, Media Bias Fact Check does not consider either of these sources as highly credible. He further argues that corrections are made when evidence is presented. In our review, we found that TimCast does make appropriate corrections.
For example, in the article titled School District to Implement Grading System That Takes Race and Class into Account, Denies Grading System Will be Race-Based, they rely on a source West Cook News, which MBFC has rated as Questionable for being an imposter website from the Metric Media network that has made false claims. In this case, the story was false, but TimCast.com corrected the story with this statement “The original version of this story referred to the changes being made by the school district as “race-based,” we have updated the story to clarify that their goal was to “equalize test scores among racial groups” as well as socioeconomic status.”
In general, TimCast.com’s text-based non-member news is usually fact-based, reasonably sourced, and right-leaning in story selection. We do not perform in-depth reviews of video content and rely on third-party fact-checkers to determine the factuality of videos. We could not find a failed fact check on videos but did observe hyper-partisan conservative views and loaded emotional wording in headlines.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years.
Overall, we rate TimCast.com (non-member news reporting) Right Biased based on story selection and editorial perspectives that moderately favor the right. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting due to the occasional use of poor sources by MBFC standards and the occasional need to correct, retract or amend stories. (D. Van Zandt 08/10/2022)
Last Updated on August 10, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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