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 appealing 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 WTOG – CBS Tampa Left-Center Biased based on political reporting that slightly favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: TV Station
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1966, WTOG – CBS Tampa Miami is a CBS-owned-and-operated television station through CW 44 licensed to St. Petersburgh, Florida, United States. The associated website is tampa.cbslocal.com that features local news, sports, weather, and crime for the greater Tampa area.
Funded by / Ownership
WTOG – CBS Tampa is a subsidiary of ViacomCBS, which National Amusements, Inc owns. They are operated by the third-generation leadership of the Redstone family. The President of National Amusements and chairwoman of the company is Shari Ellin Redstone. Advertising and sponsored content generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the WTOG – CBS Tampa website publishes sports, entertainment, lifestyle, and local news for the greater St. Petersburgh and Tampa Bay Metro region through CBSN. Local news articles and headlines use minimal emotionally loaded wording: Tampa Police Investigate Shooting At Downtown Apartment Complex. A video accompanies most stories from the TV station. National news stories are published from other CBS affiliates as well as the Associated Press.
Editorially, WTOG – CBS Tampa does not publish op-eds; however, they do report on politics with slightly more stories favoring the left, such as this DeSantis Pushes Election Changes, Doesn’t Brief Supervisor Of Elections In Hillsborough County. In general, the news is reported factually and with a slight left-leaning bias when covering politics.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate WTOG – CBS Tampa Left-Center Biased based on political reporting that slightly favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 08/20/2021)
Last Updated on January 23, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check