Determining the partisan bias of a news outlet isn’t always easy. After all, there’s not a clear methodology that’s used to measure this sort of bias.
With that said, there are a number of resources that can be useful if you’re evaluating news sources:
This is a site that allows you to see several sources for a single story in one place.
Using their Bias Rating page, you can filter stories based on their bias.
Their bias rated system is patented and rates stories as either left, center, or right-leaning. There are a number of elements used in this rating system, including internal research, surveys, crowdsourcing, outside sources, like Wikipedia, and research from Milyo and Groseclose that was conducted at UCLA.
Even though the Milyo and Groseclose method is frequently used, you should know that it has received criticism.
Data from surveys show the news sources that people prefer based on their political views
According to a survey conducted in 2014, people use their political views to determine which sources they’re willing to use and trust. The survey evaluated the political views of readers instead of the bias of the source.
The Doe is designed to be unbiased portraying views from across the political spectrum.
Where Do News Sources Fall On The Political Spectrum?
These examples show the bias ratings various news sources have received from AllSides, based on data from March of 2017. The survey from the Pew Research Center is used to show how much trust biased audiences have in these sources.
You should be aware that these ratings come from surveys, which are based on people’s personal views. You should remember that people’s views may be influenced by the hostile media effect. This effect states that people that are partisan believe that media coverage has an unfair bias against the side that they identify with. (source: Perloff, R.M. 2015).
Centrist News Sources
Wall Street Journal
This New York City newspaper primarily focuses on publishing daily business news.
AllSides rates The Wall Street Journal as having a “Center” bias. According to The Pew Research Center, people across the political spectrum read this news outlet. In fact, it’s the only publication that people with varying political views trust more than they distrust. With that said, people have stated that the paper has both a left-wing and right-wing bias.
The news division of the British Broadcasting Corporation is involved with internet, radio, and television news. The BBC was established in the UK by a Royal Charter. It is a public service broadcaster.
AllSides has given BBC News a “Center” bias rating. Pew Data said that people across the political spectrum are more likely to trust than distrust BBC. The exception to this is people that are consistently conservative. This group trusts and distrusts BBC in equal measure.
This American paper is published daily and provides both world and entertainment news.
AllSides has given the publication a “Center” bias rating. The Pew Survey data shows that people throughout the political spectrum are more likely to trust than distrust USA Today. The exception to this is people that are consistently conservative.
Near Center News Sources
The news sources listed here have a “Center” rating from AllSides. These outlets have a history of providing balanced coverage on various issues and have an unbiased agenda. With that said, the sources are listed as near-center because conservatives tend to distrust these sources.
The participants in the Pew survey that were consistently liberal, usually liberal, and had mixed views were more likely to trust than distrust these sources. People that are usually conservative rated these sources as trusted and distrusted equally. People that were consistently conservative were more likely to distrust than trust these sources.
NPR stands for “National Public Radio.” It is a non-profit organization in the United States that receives both public and private funding. The organization is syndicated on local radio networks.
This is a non-commercial television broadcaster and distributor.
Left and Right Sources
According to the Pew survey, people that identify as conservative get their news from a smaller selection of sources. Conservatives are also more likely to distrust the news. People that are left-leaning are more likely to trust the news and consume a wider range of sources.
Because of this, there are a greater number of sources that have a rating or perception of either center-left or slightly left-leaning, particularly when it comes to mainstream sources. There aren’t as many news sources that are considered to be center-right. This could be because of the hostile media effect. It may also be because a common conservative talking point is that mainstream media is biased towards liberal viewpoints.
AllSides has rated these sources as “Lean Left.” The Pew survey has found that people that are mostly conservative or consistently conservative are more likely to distrust than trust these sources. People with mixed views, mostly liberal views, or consistently liberal views are more likely to trust than distrust these sources.
The New York Times
This American newspaper has been around since 1851 and is published daily.
The Washington Post
This Washington D.C.-based paper is published daily and has been around since 1877.
AllSides rates the following news sources as “Left.” The Pew survery shows that people that are mostly or consistently liberal are more likely to trust than distrust these sources. People that are mostly or consistently conservative are more likely to distrust than trust these sources.
The Huffington Post
This news aggregator and blog is based in America and was founded by Arianna Huffington back in 2005.
This news and culture magazine is based in America and was launched in 1976.
AllSide rates these news sources as “Right.” The Pew survey found that people that are mostly or consistently liberal are more likely to trust than distrust these sources. People with mixed, mostly conservative, or consistently conservative views are more likely to trust than distrust these services. You should be aware that these sources have a stronger bias than the sources that are classified as “towards the left.” There are no exact equivalents to these sources on the right.
This American news channel was launched by Rupert Murdoch in 1996. The channel’s headquarters are in New York City.
AllSides rates these news sources as “Right.” The Pew survey found that these sources are more distrusted by people that identify as mostly or consistently liberal. People that are mostly or consistently conservative are more likely to trust than distrust these sources.
The Glenn Beck Program/ The Blaze
This is a news platform that Glenn Beck launched in 2010.
The Drudge Report
Matt Drudge launched this news aggregation site back in 1996.
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