“Offense Archaeology:” How Digging Up Past Sins Became a Political Weapon for the Left and the Right

Last week, nonprofit Media Matters for America, which AllSides gives a media bias rating of Far Left, unearthed statements Fox News host Tucker Carlson (Far Right media bias) made on a shock jock radio show between 2006 and 2011. The reveal was designed to put pressure on advertisers to...
Read more

Story of the Week: Senate Votes to Block Trump's Emergency Declaration

The Senate voted to block President Trump's national emergency declaration for border wall funding, with 12 Republicans joining Democrats in passing a resolution to reject the move. The vote is slightly symbolic, as Trump will likely veto the measure. The move divided conservatives in...
Read more

Political Polarization in America, in Two Fascinating Charts

Polarization in America is something I've been able to get a clear sense of when reading the news or checking social media, but ever since I saw these two charts illustrating the problem, I haven't been able to get them out of my head. The first, from The Economist (Lean Left media bias...
Read more

Some Researchers Say Digital Echo Chambers Don't Exist. Is It True?

BBC News, which AllSides gives a Center media bias rating, recently published an article claiming that online echo chambers — or filter bubbles , the idea that people tend to encounter only ideas that align with their current beliefs online — may be a myth. The study the article...
Read more

Left and Right Media Bias On Display in Economic Report

The Bureau of Economic Analysis released its quarterly report on gross domestic product Thursday morning, and media bias was apparent in the reports. All media outlets agreed the U.S. economy grew by 2.9 percent in 2018, yet reporters from the Left and Right painted the numbers...
Read more

Hate Crimes Are Either Rare or Common, Depending on Your Bias

After the Jussie Smollett hate crime case was revealed to be a hoax, media outlets on both the left and the right seemed split as to whether or not hate crimes are a common or uncommon occurrence in the U.S. overall. In case you missed it, last week Jussie Smollett turned himself in after...
Read more

Updated Media Bias Chart: Version 1.1

Earlier this month, we released Version 1 of the AllSides Media Bias Chart, which is based on over 600 AllSides media bias ratings. The media bias chart offers an easy way for you to identify political bias in the news, so you can avoid being misled and decide the truth for yourself. We...
Read more

Story of the Week: Media Draws Scrutiny for Original Reporting on Jussie Smollett Case

Several media outlets and politicians came under fire this week for their sympathetic reporting on "Empire" star Jussie Smollett, who has now been charged with filing a false police report in fabricating a racist and homophobic hate crime. Many Left-leaning politicians and publications...
Read more

Taking A Closer Look at the NPR News Media Bias Rating

After releasing version 1 of the AllSides media bias chart (stay tuned for Version 1.1, to be released soon), we received a lot of feedback from people who disagreed with the NPR online news Center media bias rating. Some readers said the outlet has a Left bias. On February 19, 2019, our...
Read more

Story of the Week: Trump to Declare National Emergency for Border Wall

President Trump agreed to sign a spending bill to avoid another government shutdown but will declare a national emergency to fund the construction of a wall at the southern border. Many Democrats have condemned the move as autocratic and criticized his immigration policy as ineffective...
Read more

Has the Age of Trump Artificially Moved Media Bias Ratings to the Left?

The majority of the mainstream media is left leaning, as you can see from AllSides’ media bias chart and nearly 600 media bias ratings. But in the age of Trump, is the media really left leaning, or do they simply appear left leaning in reaction to him — a president many perceive to be far...
Read more

A "Center" Media Bias Rating Doesn't Mean Neutral

Here's the skinny: A " Center " media bias rating from AllSides doesn't necessarily mean a source is neutral, unbiased, perfectly reasonable or credible. A Center media bias rating simply means a source or writer does not predictably show perspectives favoring either end of the political...
Read more

Story of the Week: Blackface Scandals, Sexual Assault Allegations Roil Virginia Politics

Virginia politics fell on a downward spiral this week with the Commonwealth's three leading politicians coming under fire: Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Attorney General Mark Herring (D) admitted to wearing blackface in the 1980s, and a woman came forward detailing sexual assault allegations...
Read more

Introducing the AllSides Media Bias Chart

Introducing the 2019 AllSides Media Bias Chart, an easy way for you to identify political bias in the news so you can be better equipped to navigate our increasingly polarized media landscape. (And don't miss our full and growing list of almost 600 media bias ratings ). Click here to...
Read more

Story of the Week: Government Shutdown Ends as Border Wall Negotiations Continue

The longest government shutdown in history came to a close last Friday as President Trump agreed to sign a temporary spending bill while border wall negotiations continue. Some say that Trump lost the fight by caving to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who would not agree to allot $5.7 billion...
Read more

Story of the Week: Media Misfires on Covington Catholic Story

Media organizations across the aisle came under fire this week for depicting students from Covington Catholic High School as racist after a viral video showed them engaged in confrontation with tribal elder Nathan Phillips at the Indigenous Peoples March. The full video provided further...
Read more

Pages