TMZ Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates TMZ in the Skews Left category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. TMZ (Thirty Mile Zone) is a website focusing on entertainment news. It is known for featuring celebrity gossip, interviews, videos and photos. Launched in 2005, the site was originally part of Warner Bros. but now is owned by the Fox Corporation. Based in Los Angeles, TMZ is named after the 30-mile zone established by studios for filming in Hollywood.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for TMZ according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 33.09

Bias: -10.31

Panels of analysts from Ad Fontes Media regularly review representative sample content to rate it for reliability and bias. Each panel of analysts comprises one left-leaning, one right-leaning, and one center-leaning analyst.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating content. To determine its reliability score, we consider the content’s veracity, expression, its title/headline, and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the sample content’s overall reliability score.

To determine sample content’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position, and how it compares to other reporting or analysis from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the content’s overall bias score.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to middle to most extreme right. The reliability rating, demonstrated on the chart’s vertical axis, rates sources on a scale from original fact reporting to analysis, opinion, propaganda and inaccurate/fabricated information.

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 40 are generally good; scores below 24 are generally problematic. Scores between 24-40 indicate a range of possibilities, with some sources falling there because they are heavy in opinion and analysis, and some because they have a high variation in reliability between articles.

Bias scores for articles and shows are on a scale of -42 to +42, with higher negative scores being more left, higher positive scores being more right, and scores closer to zero being minimally biased, equally balanced, or exhibiting a centrist bias.

Individual Content Sample Scores

These are the most recent content samples that Ad Fontes Media analysts have rated for this source.

Content Sample URL Bias Reliability
Body Cam Shows Cops Rushed Bank as Louisville Mass Murderer Continued to Shoot 0 42.67
Cop Rushed Jake Paul To Safety Amid Feud W/ Floyd Mayweather, Police Video Shows 0 32
Lala Kent Suspected Tom Sandoval Was Having Affair With Raquel Leviss In Summer 0 30.67
Amanda Bynes' Ex-Fiancé Paul Michael Says They Split a Week Before Mental Breakdown 0 23.67
Halle Berry Has Time of Her Life at Drag Queen Brunch -5 32.67
Cardi B Caught On Video Trying to Break Up Quavo, Offset Fight at Grammys 0 35.67
Priscilla Presley Hangs Out with Bam Margera 0 35.33
Gabby Petito's Parents Release Selfie Showing Bruised Face Pre-Traffic Stop 0 44.67
Leonardo DiCaprio Not Dating 19-Year-Old Model Eden Polani 0 23.33
Michael Jackson Performance Photos! -1 24.33
Father of Alleged Highland Park Shooter Helped Son Buy Gun -11.33 37.67
Homophobic Chemical Engineer Fired After Viral Plane Freakout, Says He's Racist -5.33 32.33
Olivia Newton-John Dead at 73 0 44.67
Anne Heche Still in Coma, Hasn't Regained Consciousness Since Just After Accident 0 41
Brittney Griner Sentenced To Nine Years In Russian Prison, Biden Slams Ruling 0 45
Rep. Ilhan Omar Recalls Insurrection as Hearings Begin, Calls it a Coup -10.67 38.33
Mark Cuban Launches Online Pharmacy, Offering Drugs for Cheap 0 42.33
Caitlyn Jenner Says If You’re a Biological Boy, You Shouldn’t be in Girls’ Sports -18 30
Kim Kardashian's Alleged Trespasser Crashes Through Hidden Hills Gate 0 29.33
Joe Biden Isn't Getting Government Plane to Fly Him to D.C. Inauguration -11 33.67
Facial Recognition, Social Media Scouring Used to Vet National Guard -2 43.67
Pro-Trump Protesters Break Into U.S. Capitol, Congress Members Evacuated 0.33 52.33
MMA Fighter Gruesomely Breaks Arm Mid-Round, But Continues Bout 0 41
Kanye West Votes For Himself in 2020 Presidential Election 0 32.33
President Trump Serving Pigs in a Blanket at Election Watch Party -4.5 31

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