AllSides displays the news as it is covered from a breadth of perspectives. That includes different perspectives on the same story, as well as different opinions on the day's top stories. We also seek to give context by revealing debate on the underlying issues and providing other helpful background.
We refrain from choosing the top stories ourselves — for the most part, we reflect the top news other media outlets are covering.
While we strive to remain balanced, we do add some editorial bias of our own. We believe everyone is biased, including us, and it is important to be transparent about bias. Your participation helps us to achieve balance.
The AllSides balanced newsfeed seeks to adhere to the following principles:
We give voice to perspectives often ignored. We don’t just show Left, Center and Right perspectives, but also perspectives representing everything from Socialist to Libertarian, Blue-dog Democrat to Mainstream Republican, Progressive to Social Conservative, and everything in between. That means stories that might be missing entirely from leading news sites but are top headlines for a specific group will often appear on AllSides.
We give extra attention to news with contrasting coverage. It's not uncommon to see mainstream media coverage that differs so widely that it is hard to believe they are reporting on the same event — whether it be elections, terrorist acts, economics, Occupy Wall Street, conflict in the Middle East, or any other issue. We give stories with contrasting coverage extra emphasis to be sure you get the full picture and can understand what is really happening.
We highlight stories on polarization and media bias. AllSides aims to reduce dysfunctional polarization, so we can work together and solve problems. Revealing media bias and exposing people to different points of view helps to achieve that. Raising awareness and understanding of polarization and bias supports this cause.
We highlight free speech and civil discourse. We cannot bridge divides and solve problems without listening to each other and sharing our thoughts. This requires a free flow of information and free speech, so that ideas (both good and bad) are heard. It also requires civil discourse, so we can relate and empathize with each other.
We focus on political news — at least for now. There are many other topics, like health, finance, parenting, and consumer products — to name just a few — that would benefit from the exposure of different perspectives and bias. We see the most urgent need and biggest opportunity for change in the political world, so we have started there. (If you'd like to help AllSides grow beyond politics, consider making a donation.)
AllSides empowers people to be informed, understand and decide for themselves. Without exposure to different points of view, we can be manipulated into believing and acting in certain ways. When we are well informed, we are better equipped to solve problems and build “a more perfect union."
Overall, AllSides News, Issues and Perspectives supports the broader AllSides mission to strengthen our democracy by freeing people from filter bubbles so they can better understand the world — and each other. Our editorial philosophy helps us to put this mission into daily practice.
Editor's Note: Our editorial philosophy was updated October 23, 2017 to reveal more of our own biases (no one is unbiased) as we work to provide a broad, balanced view of news and issues in the face of growing media bias, polarizing filter bubbles and an increasingly divided society. We also felt it was important to point out that we have a bias in favor of free speech and freedom of the press, although, as part of our commitment to providing all sides, we also cover perspectives that promote limiting both of these First Amendment rights.