News reports make up the majority of content aggregated on the AllSides daily news feed. The content’s original publisher typically designates it with a “News” label, or presents it in a section of its website that is clearly separate from any “Opinion” sections. Today, the lines between news, opinions and other forms of written content are increasingly blurred within the media, sometimes making these labels (or lack thereof) misleading. Still, AllSides will respect a news outlet’s designations for its content rather than labeling based on our own interpretations.
Explicitly-labeled news content is the primary focus of many of the websites rated in our system and aggregated in our news feed. AllSides does not provide a specific label for traditional news report-style content, and it generally looks something like this on our site:
For any content a media outlet does not present as a traditional news report or story, AllSides uses specific labels within our news feed — “Opinion”, “Fact Check” and “Analysis” — enabling users to quickly identify different perspectives.
Here’s a breakdown of the labels AllSides uses to help you understand what type of content you’re reading:
This label is placed on content that the original media outlet has clearly labeled as representing the opinions of the author, rather than a news report. Typical labels that news websites use to designate opinion pieces are “Commentary,” “Editorial,” “Perspectives,” and “Opinion.” The label is designated by the red arrow in the screenshot below:
AllSides “Opinion” labels won’t contradict the original publisher’s labeling of the content.
This label is used to mark articles and other content that the original publisher has labeled as a fact check.
News outlets on both sides of the spectrum occasionally publish pieces labeled as “Fact Checks”; some websites publish only fact checks, such as FactCheck.org (which AllSides rates as Center). It’s important to remember that even when articles are completely based in fact, they can still reflect bias; bias by omission is the type of media bias most commonly found in these articles.
This designation is used for content that the media outlet has labeled as Analysis; for content not distinctly labeled as News, Opinions or Fact Check; and for certain content from websites that tend to outwardly blur the lines between hard news reporting and commentary such as Reason, Vox, and the Federalist.
Analysis is becoming more common in today’s news media sphere, and can easily be mistaken for hard news; it is typically an author’s fact-based, personalized perspective on an issue, which can sometimes explicitly reflect support/disdain for a specific social, cultural or political agenda.
These labels also apply to content posted on AllSides social media platforms. As always, if you have questions or feedback, don't hesitate to contact us.