Shooting at Annapolis Newspaper Reignites Debate Around Guns, Mental Health

A gunman killed five people last Thursday at the offices of the Capital Gazette, a newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, reigniting the debate around gun control and mental health. Some argue that tighter restrictions on firearms are necessary to prevent further shootings, particularly since...
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Fact Check: Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling, Philadelphia Eagles Debacle

It’s been a confusing news cycle this week, with conflicting slants leaving people more confused than informed. Let’s take a look at two big stories — the Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling and the Philadelphia Eagles White House visit — which were riddled with inconsistencies...
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Supreme Court Cake Ruling Heralded by Both Sides

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Some on the Left have said that the verdict is a victory, as the Court's majority opinion does not sanction a First Amendment right to discriminate, but instead...
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Outrage Over White House Correspondents' Dinner

Comedian Michelle Wolf delivered the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner monologue, and reactions were mixed on if the entertainer took things too far. Detractors took issue with her crude jokes which harshly criticized Sarah Sanders and Kellyanne Conway, while supporters argued...
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Hearing Every Voice

How do you feel when your voice is heard? How do you feel when it is not? We all want our voice to be heard. We all want to feel self-expressed. We all want to leave a gathering where we had something to say, having said what we wanted to say. If that does not happen, feelings of...
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Politico Media Bias Update

Previously: We split our evaluation of NPR into a media bias rating for NPR News (Center) and for NPR Editorial (Lean Left). We also completed an analysis of CNN where we kept the media bias rating for CNN Web News as Center, but created a new page for CNN Opinion (Far Left). After...
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Daily Beast Media Bias Update

Previously: We split our evaluation of NPR into a media bias rating for NPR News (Center) and for NPR Editorial (Lean Left). We also completed an analysis of CNN where we updated the media bias rating for CNN Web News (Center) and created a new page for CNN Opinion (Far Left). And we did...
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Fox News Media Bias Update

Previously: We split our evaluation of NPR into a media bias rating for NPR News (Center) and for NPR Editorial (Lean Left). We took the same approach for our analysis of CNN , splitting into a media bias rating for CNN Web News (Center) and CNN Opinion (Far Left). The Fox News media bias...
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Daily Caller Media Bias Update

Note: Based on user feedback, we changed The Daily Caller media bias to Far Right. We recently received a comment that expressed concern over the use of one of our right-wing news sources. The knee-jerk reaction might be to pin the blame on Breitbart, which we previously detailed our...
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CNN Media Bias Update

CNN is, without a doubt, our most highly contested source. Based on past data, the current CNN media bias rating is Center, but many users argue that it should be labeled Lean Left, if not altogether Left. (Reminder: We only rate the media bias of sources as they appear on the Web and use...
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NPR Media Bias Update

Thanks to your feedback, we recently updated several media bias ratings , and first on the list is NPR (reminder: we only rate the articles found on the web, not the broadcast radio programs). Up until now, the AllSides NPR media bias rating has been Center, but data collected in recent...
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Breaking Through Filter Bubbles with Technology and Civil Discourse: TED Talk

Joan Blades and John Gable talk about filter bubbles and bridging divides through civil discourse at TEDWomen 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Photo credit: Ryan Lash / TED Technology created stronger filter bubbles, civil discourse and technology can free us This is the original script from the TED talk on breaking out of filter bubbles and bridging divides through civil discourse, given by John Gable and Joan Blades on...
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How do I have a non-partisan Thanksgiving?

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Happy Thanksgiving from the whole team at AllSides! As much as we all enjoy the delicious food, w e know that Thanksgiving is a time when you might see relatives that you haven't seen in a while. As everyone is sitting around the table, the conversation might turn to politics, and often,...
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Updating Our Media Bias Ratings: Editorial Review

Media bias ratings at AllSides are not set in stone. We like to think of them as alive, constantly growing and changing -- often driven by you, the reader. They are updated on a regular basis, using blind bias quizzes , community ratings , independent research, and editorial reviews...
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Media for the Common Good: Part Two

Editor’s Note: In Part One of this series, we discussed the positive impact that journalism can have when it tells stories that bring people together. While AllSides works to improve journalism by revealing media bias and providing balanced news (some would call it unbiased news, but...
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Media for the Common Good: Part One

Editor’s Note: At AllSides, we generally focus on media bias and how to break through it by providing more balanced news using multiple perspectives to get a better, broader understanding of the topic. But there is much more to journalism than that. This guest article provides a glimpse...
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The Subtleties of Media Bias

As we discussed in a recent blog post , everything we read is biased, as all individuals are consciously and subconsciously influenced by their own unique life experiences. Therefore, readers shouldn’t solely seek out unbiased sources, but rather deliberately consult multiple angles. But...
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Media Bias: Is it a Crime?

According to some, America is facing a new terrorist threat: the media. “CNN IS ISIS,” the sign reads. It’s a stunning accusation — particularly when considering that the media are expected to be a stronghold in American society, charged with holding government accountable. Is the nation’...
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Breitbart: Right-wing Publication or Fake News?

Fake news. Propaganda. Alt-right. Breitbart. Which of these doesn’t belong? Some would say they’re all fair game. In many circles, the conservative news outlet epitomizes malicious misinformation. Others revere it as a crusader for truth, willing to throw political correctness away with...
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Still Too Few Votes to Repeal ACA

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Republicans in the Senate hoped to vote on the new healthcare bill or at least to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but the vote has again been pushed back by Senate Majority Leader McConnell. Revisions have been made over the past several weeks to the Senate bill but still a few...
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Lawsuit against Trump raises question: Is the president's Twitter account a public platform?

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Last month, we wrote about Twitter's new tools that help users censor their feeds, thus cementing partisan filter bubbles . This month, a lawsuit against President Trump takes that debate to the next level. The Knight First Amendment Institute , a free speech advocacy organization, is...
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Happy Teacher Appreciation!

Thank you to those of you who took our schools program feedback survey (Haven't taken the survey yet? You can still take it! ). What did we learn? Well, by far the News page is the most used content in the classroom. But don't forget to check out the Dictionary or Relationships First ! We...
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Trump Tax Plan

President Trump released his tax plan this week, calling for an overhaul of current economic policy. The plan includes major cuts for both individuals and businesses, but economic analysts on both the Left and the Right say its impact on the federal deficit could be counterproductive...
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Deportation Push

The administration is taking actions to increase arrests and deportations of illegal immigrants , supposedly prioritizing those who break more serious laws. Trump and many of his supporters feel the previous administration was too lax, while others considered President Obama to be the "...
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Trump's First Week

Donald Trump has been president for almost a week now. And it's been a busy week. On Saturday , the new president signed his first executive order which signaled the start to dismantling to Obamacare . Monday morning Trump announced the US would be pulling out of TPP . On Tuesday , Trump...
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Cabinet Hearings Begin

The confirmation hearings began this week for Trump's cabinet picks. The nominees faced questions both personal and professional, both ethical and hypothetical. Sen. Al Franken stated that he expects some cabinet picks to be confirmed by the end of the week, while other senators are...
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Russia: Friend or Foe

Our relationship and future path with Russia has been a consistent undercurrent in much of the news this week. First there was Donald Trump's pick of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State and the mixed reactions to that cabinet pick . Some applauded Tillerson's extensive international...
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Civil Conversation on Thanksgiving

Every year around this time, but especially this year, we think about how holiday gatherings sometimes devolve into bitter arguments about political matters. If your family chooses not to talk about politics, there's advice for staying away from controversial topics . If you do end up...
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Announcing The AllSides Dictionary!

Dear AllSides Community, Since the results of this election have come out, the nation has been rigorously divided. People are feeling joyous, upset, rebellious or thankful. More than ever, these times show how divided we have become. But whether you're delighted or depressed, it's...
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Free Market Pricing is the Medicine to Heal Health Care Ills

Editor's note - This is an opinion piece. For further reading and opposing viewpoints, check out Why does U.S. health care cost so much? The hidden-in-plain-sight answer or Why Is American Health Care So Ridiculously Expensive? And if you have read articles that provide alternative points...
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Violence in Charlotte

The last several days saw two black men killed by police officers, one shot in Tulsa by a white police officer, another in Charlotte shot by a black police officer. Both communities expressed pain and outraged, one community erupted in violence. The Charlotte shooting in particular was...
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Deplorables?

At a fundraiser Friday night, Hillary Clinton said, "You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables'… Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it.” Several days later, this...
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Story of the Week: The Impact of Brexit

The British withdrawal from the European Union topped headlines this week. Opinions from left to right ran strong about what Brexit means for issues like immigration, racism, the world economy, and the US presidential election. This week we bring you some contrasting Brexit stories from...
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Can't believe anyone would vote for "you know who"? Here's a hint - we like being right.

How can you vote for Trump with his hateful speech? How can you vote for Clinton with all her scandals? How can you vote for Sanders with no chance to win? And how can you be enthusiastic about it? Lots of people are very enthusiastic about their choice for President, despite these...
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Obama Visits Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has told the U.S. that it will sell off 100’s of billions of dollars in American assets if Congress passes a bill that allows foreign governments to be sued for any role in 9/11 attacks. The threat has been hotly debated. Senators were warned there could be serious economic...
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Story of the Week: Responding to Brussels

A few days after the Brussels terrorist attacks, claimed by ISIS, killed at least 31 people and injured hundreds of others, opinions across Europe and the US vary on how best to respond and prevent the devastating rise of terror catastrophes in the West. This week we bring you a cross-...
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