These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate TMZ Left-Center Biased based on story selection that favors the left and Mixed for factual reporting due to the use of sensational headlines and poor sources.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
TMZ is a celebrity news website that debuted on November 8, 2005. It was a collaboration between AOL and Telepictures Productions, a division of Warner Bros. until Time Warner divested AOL in 2009. The name TMZ stands for thirty-mile zone, the historic “studio zone” within a 30-mile (50 km) radius centered at the intersection of West Beverly Boulevard and North La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. TMZ reports all Hollywood scandals and does not discriminate. The current editor is Harvey Levin.
Funded by / Ownership
TMZ is owned by WarnerMedia and is funded through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, TMZ is a tabloid-style website that reports on celebrities and in particular scandals. Headlines are often sensationalized such as this: MEGHAN MARKLE & PRINCE HARRY At The MLB Game In London BABY ARCHIE’S AN HONORARY YANK!!! Besides sensationalized scandal stories, TMZ frequently publishes celebrities in bikinis or shirtless men, as well as any other picture they can find that makes people look bad. When it comes to politics, TMZ frequently reports negatively on President Trump and frequently reports on any scandals involving him or his administration.
When it comes to sourcing, TMZ frequently relies on unnamed sources. In general, this is a tabloid rag that is 1 degree better than the National Enquirer in quality.
Overall, we rate TMZ Left-Center Biased based on story selection that favors the left and Mixed for factual reporting due to the use of sensational headlines and poor sources. (D. Van Zandt 1/13/2017) Updated (6/29/2019)