What does a "Center" media bias rating mean?
A Center media bias rating does not necessarily mean a source is unbiased, neutral, or always reasonable. It simply means the source or writer rated does not predictably publish opinions favoring either end of the political spectrum — conservative or liberal.
A Center outlet either doesn't show much bias at all, or its bias leans to the left and right equally at different times. It may also mean the outlet does a good job of portraying both sides equally.
It's important to note that sometimes, a media outlet with a Center rating misses important perspectives. A Center outlet may leave out valid arguments from the left or right. For example, in the 20th century, mainstream Center media outlets did not prominently cover support for gay marriage. In addition, many issues did not gain coverage in mainstream Center outlets until post-2014, such as arguments for marijuana legalization, criticism of the War on Drugs, the American opioid epidemic, and criminal justice reform.
While it may be easy to think that we should only consume media from Center outlets, AllSides believes Center is not necessarily the answer. By reading only Center outlets, we may still encounter bias and omission of important issues and perspectives. For this reason, it is important to consume a balanced news diet.
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What does it mean for media bias to be rated Left, Right, Center, or anything else? These are subjective judgements made by people across the country. Our rough approximation for what each media bias means is here:
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