US media bias resources

There is a lot of discussion about media bias in the US, especially since Donald Trump became the centre of attention. It’s well known that CNN leaves very leftward, and Fox News strongly favours the right. There are a lot of others, some more extreme, and many somewhere in between.

Political bias or leaning is not in itself a bad thing, as long as news is well reported and backed by facts. No one media outlet can be all things to everyone across the spectrum.

Check the Political Bias of Any Media Site in This Massive Database media site political bias chart

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Media Bias/Fact Check claims to be The Most Comprehensive Media Bias Resource and categorises many media:

  • Left Bias
    These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward liberal causes through story selection and/or political affiliation.  They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy.
  • Left-Center Bias
    These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward liberal causes through story selection and/or political affiliation.  They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy.
  • Least Biased
    These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes).  The reporting is factual and usually sourced.  These are the most credible media sources.
  • Right-Center Bias
    These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in 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 conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation.
  • Right Bias
    These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy.
  • Pro-Science
    These sources consist of legitimate science or are evidence based through the use of credible scientific sourcing.  Legitimate science follows the scientific method, is unbiased and does not use emotional words.  These sources also respect the consensus of experts in the given scientific field and strive to publish peer reviewed science. Some sources in this category may have a slight political bias, but adhere to scientific principles.
  • Conspiracy-Pseudoscience
    Sources in the Conspiracy-Pseudoscience category may publish unverifiable information that is not always supported by evidence. These sources may be untrustworthy for credible/verifiable information, therefore fact checking and further investigation is recommended on a per article basis when obtaining information from these sources.
  • Questionable Sources
    A questionable source exhibits one or more of the following: extreme bias, overt propaganda, poor or no sourcing to credible information and/or is fake news. Fake News is the deliberate attempt to publish hoaxes and/or disinformation for the purpose of profit or influence (Learn More). Sources listed in the Questionable Category may be very untrustworthy and should be fact checked on a per article basis. Please note sources on this list are not considered fake newsunless specifically written in the notes section for that source.
  • Satire
    These sources exclusively use humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. Primarily these sources are clear that they are satire and do not attempt to deceive.

The database is US-centric but includes many international media, including a number of Australian, but I can’t see any New Zealand sources. UPDATE: Stuff is included under ‘Left-Center bias’.

13 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  March 10, 2018

    Couldn’t see The Federalist in there. Leans right probably – a conservative/liberatarian focus.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Federalist_(website)

    This was interesting:
    “David Weigel from Bloomberg Politics said that The Federalist frequently criticizes left-leaning publications, but was founded with the intention of being “a source of original interviews and real-time arguments between conservatives and libertarians”.

    During the 2016 U.S. presidential election, some political commentators noted a shift in The Federalist’s coverage of Donald Trump, first criticizing the presidential candidate, and then, after Trump won the presidency, criticizing Trump’s liberal critics in the media and casting Trump as the victim.”

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  March 10, 2018

    I think this is a very superficial analysis. It is not the bias that matters so much as the intelligence, fairness and insight that is brought to the commentary.

  3. phantom snowflake

     /  March 11, 2018

    One view I have heard often is that the U.S. Democratic Party, on a Left/Centre/Right axis in New Zealand would be placed roughly the same as our National Party, i.e. Centre Right. So the above diagram might need some adjustments to be relevant here in Godzone.

    • Corky

       /  March 11, 2018

      Let’s not quibble, PS. As long as some is getting the boot everything will be fine.

      • phantom snowflake

         /  March 11, 2018

        Occasionally you make sense. This is not one of those times…

  4. david in aus

     /  March 11, 2018

    Fox News and MSNBC are good for democracy. Cables Networks from different ends of the ideological spectrum. If you have only networks such as CNN, ABC, NBC etc, all left-leaning; it is difficult to see the subtle insidious bias in many media outlets. When you have hyper-partisan players, it blows everything so open. The bias in the MSM is not the commentary so much, but the selection of stories.

    I cringe at people who complain about Fox News but neglect the other end of the spectrum. They are only complaining because Fox isn’t biased towards their political views.

    • Blazer

       /  March 11, 2018

      A wee bit surprised to see …RT…on the right bias.

      • Gezza

         /  March 11, 2018

        Same – but I haven’t watched it much & they probably didn’t like Obama as much as they like Trump.

  5. Stuff is included under ‘left-centre bias’.

  6. phantom snowflake

     /  March 11, 2018

    I find the “very leftward” comment about CNN quite puzzling. I’m wondering if that’s based on their pro-Hillary Clinton bias in the runup to the Presidential election. If so, it should be remembered that Clinton is (arguably) not of the left at all.

    • CNN is ‘very leftward,’ and it is easy to see especially concerning President Trump. For the entirety of 2017 91% of their stories were leftist bashing of Trump. And Hillary Clinton is indeed of the Left. She follows the teachings of uber-leftist Saul Alinsky closely and her politics are completely leftist. Her positions of pro-abortion, severe gun control, pro LGBTQ, higher taxes, pro-illegal aliens, and very soft on terrorism are all extremely left of center.

  7. I must disagree with placing the AP right in the middle. It is the largest source of news on the planet, and our small local paper relies on AP stories every day. I have found that AP has been guilty of bias to the left in two ways. Almost every story by AP sent to our paper is now bylined (they never used to be) and features opinion and loaded words with leftist bias. Secondly, they often show bias by omission as I have found many stories where key parts were omitted because those parts were more conservative in nature.

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