Holiday Table Conversations

Happy Thanksgiving from AllSides! Every year around this time, we think about how holiday gatherings sometimes devolve into bitter arguments about political matters, and that's not what we want to see in the world. We're about seeing all sides through thoughtful consideration and lively,...
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Why We Let Politicians Do the Thinking for Us

When a politician from the opposing party passes an unjust law, or engages in something you consider wrong, you’re justifiably outraged. But are you willing to overlook a transgression by a politician from your own party? Are you willing to switch your opinion on an issue based upon which...
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Climate Strange

You know you've got a hot topic when outlets on the Left run stories of media showing bias against it and outlets on the Right run stories of media showing bias for it. The congressionally mandated National Climate Assessment released this week is just such a topic. The report says...
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AllSides of the Union

It's an American tradition. When the president weighs in how things are going in Washington and around the country, every word is debated and analyzed. Here's a snapshot of this week's views in the media. Snippets from the Right An Instantly Forgettable State of the Union Address , Town...
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How Did We Get That Bias Rating?

We had to solve a problem. AllSides is dedicated to delivering news with source bias transparency. But, we often find interesting articles (on hot topics) for which we have limited source bias info. This means that some of our ratings end up being more preliminary than others. Plus, all...
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This Week's Election Results

Contrast in news coverage is never more obvious than at election time. For example, after this week's elections, we noticed that the Right news sources typically led with Obamacare in their analysis, the Left talked about a rejection of the Tea Party and austerity, and we even saw a...
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3 Sides of the Government Shutdown

With a government shutdown in effect and the "Obamacare" health exchanges opening this week , a clamor of debate and outrage has been echoing across the news landscape. For some perspective, we've been bringing you Left, Center, and Right news and views on the government shutdown. What...
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All Sides of the Syria Question

With the eyes of the world on Syria and the US, many headlines simply update us on what is happening at this moment (e.g., Kerry cites evidence of chemical weapon use in Syria; Obama asks congress to authorize military action). But we want to know more, and we're guessing you do too...
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Media Watchdog Awards from 2012

As 2012 comes to a close, some media watchdogs on the right and left have been announcing awards, but these are not the kinds of awards you want to win. Award from the Right On the right, media watchdog Media Research Center has a whole page of awards. Here's a highlight: MRC's "Never Let...
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Media Watchdog Coverage of Fiscal Cliff

We applaud media watchdogs for their investigative journalism and for publishing bias news that goes unmentioned in mainstream news. But who watches the watchdogs? After all, it’s only natural that watchdogs have their own bias. At AllSides, we say bias is not a problem as long as it’s...
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15 Headlines about the Final Presidential Debate

In the last presidential debate before the election, “the candidates again contradicted each other, while each offered incorrect or twisted factual claims,” according to FactCheck.org. And, once again, headlines from different sources made each candidate look like a winner or loser,...
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15 Headlines from the VP Debate

One thing all sides seem to agree on: last night's debate between VP candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan was one of the liveliest we've seen in a while. But from there the agreements in opinion start to break down. We picked three very different opinions on the VP debate that we...
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Electoral Map Overview: Poll Hysteria and Bias

There is a constant onslaught of polling data every day from the 24 hours news cycle. It is overwhelming. And ridiculous. Poll results are very different depending on the source . Above is an overview of how the electoral maps look now, showing the AllSides Bias Rating (ABR) by each. Not...
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Healthcare Study: Bias Pick of the Week

Bias Pick of the Week: New Healthcare Study . This week we saw a great contrast in coverage of new reports by two major research groups on U.S. health insurance. And we saw the left and the right both leave out key information that the others thought were important. From the Left, the New...
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How to Turn Media Bias into a Good Thing

Perhaps you’ve noticed the growing tendency of media outlets to present themselves as the Zeus on Mount Olympus you should go to for everything – your “most trusted" source. In the process, some outlets seek to build business by having an editorial viewpoint that guarantees a large, like-...
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