These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using an appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
- Overall, we rate WFTS – Tampa News as Least Biased based on balanced story selection and minimal editorializing. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: TV Station
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1981, WFTS – Tampa News is an ABC-affiliated station licensed to Tampa Bay, Florida, United States. abcactionnews.com is the associated website for the TV station that publishes news, sports, weather, and crime.
Funded by / Ownership
WFTS – Tampa News is owned by The E. W. Scripps Company, an American broadcasting company founded in 1878 by Edward Willis “E. W.” Scripps. Advertising generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
WFTS – Tampa News covers local news, sports, weather, entertainment, and crime for the greater Tampa, Florida, area. Local news is reported with minimal bias, such as this: More than two dozen arrested in sweep focused on child predators: Polk County Sheriff. Like most stories, there is an embedded video from the TV station. The national news is derived from various sources, most coming from the Associated Press and Scripps National.
Editorially, they do not offer op-eds; however, they cover political news through the Associated Press and local journalists with minimal bias, such as this Judge dismisses Andrew Warren’s federal lawsuit against DeSantis after suspension. In general, they present low-biased, fact-based reporting.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate WFTS – Tampa News as Least Biased based on balanced story selection and minimal editorializing. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (D. Van Zandt 02/25/2023)
Last Updated on July 1, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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