If you’ve ever visited the AllSides team page, you may have noticed that we are transparent about every team member’s political alignment.
We use our Rate Your Bias quiz to calculate where we fall on the political spectrum. Every team member completes this quiz when they join AllSides because we believe political bias should be transparent — even ours. If you know the perspective your news is coming from, it can help you spot bias, and if you know the perspective you are coming from, you can seek out viewpoints that are different.
The New York Times (Lean Left) has another political alignment quiz called “If America Had Six Parties, Which Would You Belong To?” We asked the AllSides team to take the quiz and share their results. Here’s a map of the leanings of everyone on the AllSides team:
The New York Times says its six imaginary parties “reflect the underlying factions — and divides — within the Democratic and Republican parties.” Here are the descriptions they give:
Progressive Party — The Progressive Party is focused on equity and racial justice, with a strong vision of inclusive social democracy. Its strongest support comes from politically engaged, highly educated younger people, especially women.
The New Liberal Party — The New Liberal Party is the professional-class establishment wing of the Democratic Party. Members are cosmopolitan in their social and racial views but more pro-business and more likely to see the wealthy as innovators.
American Labor Party — The American Labor Party is focused on economic populism, with an appeal to working-class Democrats who don’t have college degrees and don’t follow politics closely. It is more moderate on social and cultural issues compared with the Progressive Party, but also more diverse, appealing to many working-class Hispanics.
Growth and Opportunity Party — The Growth and Opportunity Party is the socially moderate, pro-business wing of the Republican Party. It is the heir to the old moderate “Rockefeller Republican,” the East Coast wing of the G.O.P.
Patriot Party — The Patriot Party is the party of Donald Trump’s 2016 primary campaign: the coalition of the small town, white working-class Americans who feel left behind by globalism and condescended to by cosmopolitanism. It is economically populist and strongly anti-immigration. Its strongest support among lower-income conservatives comes from exurban America.
Christian Conservative Party — The Christian Conservative Party is focused centrally on issues of religious liberty and morality, with very limited government. It will find stronger support among the most politically engaged and affluent, especially men.
Allsides has someone from the left, center, and right review every piece of content that is over a few paragraphs in length before it’s published on the website. We use our politically diverse team to facilitate balance, bring in perspectives that may have been missed due to our own news filters, and select neutral language for our content.
However, we aren’t immune to bias. We have fewer economically conservative people on our team than economic liberals and fewer social conservatives overall. This employee ratio might allow us to miss a perspective on the right (even though Julie and Beth play a central role in our content creation). And in our efforts to address that discrepancy, we also might miss something on the left. If we ever miss a perspective, don’t hesitate to let us know!
Clare Ashcraft is the Bridging and Bias Assistant at AllSides. She has a Center bias.
This piece was reviewed by Henry A. Brechter, Managing Editor (Center bias), Julie Mastrine, Director of Marketing and Media Bias Ratings (Lean Right bias), and Joseph Ratliff, Daily News Editor (Lean Left).