The AllSides Media Bias Chart™ helps you to easily identify different perspectives and political leanings in the news so you can get the full picture and think for yourself.
Knowing the political bias of media outlets allows you to consume a balanced news diet and avoid manipulation and fake news. Everyone is biased, but hidden media bias misleads and divides us. The AllSides Media Bias Chart™ is based on our full and growing list of over 800 media bias ratings. These ratings inform our balanced newsfeed.
Unless otherwise noted, AllSides rates only online content, not TV, radio, or broadcast content. Our chart helps to free you from filter bubbles so you can consider multiple perspectives. Learn about the different types of media bias, or view the AllSides Fact Check Bias Chart™.
The AllSides Media Bias Chart™ is more comprehensive in its methodology than any other media bias chart on the Web. While other media bias charts show you the subjective opinion of the one person who made it, our ratings are based based on multipartisan, scientific analysis. We use multiple methodologies to rate bias.
Here's how the AllSides Media Bias Chart™ differs from other media bias charts on the web:
- Data is gathered from people across the political spectrum — not just one biased individual. We have a patent on rating bias and use multiple methodologies, not a homogenous group or an algorithm. We use Blind Bias Surveys, Editorial Reviews, independent reviews, and third party data to assess bias.
- Our research spans years — we started rating media bias back in 2012.
- We give separate bias ratings for the news and opinion sections for some media outlets, giving you a more comprehensive view.
- Transparent methodology: we tell you how we arrived at the bias rating for each outlet. Search for any media outlet here.
- We consider and review data and research conducted by third parties, like universities and other groups.
- Your opinion matters: we take into account hundreds of thousands of community votes on our ratings. Votes don't determine our ratings, but are valuable feedback that may prompt more research. We know that a mixed group of experts and non-experts will provide a more accurate result, so we solicit and consider opinions of average people.
- We don't rate accuracy or facts — just bias. Our ratings help readers to understand that certain perspectives may be missing if they read only one outlet, or outlets from only one side of the political spectrum.
Americans are more polarized than ever — if you’re like us, you see it in the news and on your social media feeds every day. Bias is natural, but hidden bias and fake news misleads and divides us. That’s why AllSides has rated the media bias of over 800 media outlets and writers. The AllSides Media Bias Chart™ shows the political bias of some of the most-read sources in America.
AllSides Media Bias Chart™ FAQ
Why Does the Bias of a Media Outlet Matter?
News media, social media, and search engines have become so biased and personalized that we are often stuck inside filter bubbles, where we’re only exposed to information and ideas we already agree with. We often only see information that confirms our existing beliefs. We may end up hating the "the other side," believing they are wrong or evil.
It feels good to hear from people who think just like us, and media outlets have an incentive to be partisan — it helps them to earn ad revenue, especially if they use sensationalism and clickbait. But when we stay inside a filter bubble, we may miss important ideas and perspectives. The mission of AllSides is to free people from filter bubbles so they can better understand the world — and each other. Making media bias transparent helps us to easily identify different perspectives so we can avoid being manipulated by partisan bias and fake news. This improves our country long-term.
Media bias has contributed to Americans becoming more politically polarized. When we can’t identify, understand and appreciate diverse perspectives, we are more likely to be manipulated into thinking or voting a certain way. We may even begin to see the other side as evil. Hidden bias limits our ability to understand others, problem solve and compromise, and our republic suffers.
At AllSides, we reduce the one-sided information flow by providing balanced news and over 800 media bias ratings. Our tools help you to better understand diverse perspectives and reduce hateful polarization in America. By making media bias transparent and consuming a balanced news diet, we can arm ourselves with a broader view — and find the truth for ourselves.
How Does AllSides Calculate Media Bias?
Our media bias ratings are based on multi-partisan, scientific analysis. Our methodologies include Blind Bias Surveys, Editorial Reviews, independent reviews, third party data, and community feedback. Visit our Media Bias Rating Methodology page to learn more.
How Did AllSides Decide Which Media Outlets to Include on the Chart?
Some things we took into account include whether the source was a top outlet in terms of traffic according to Pew Research Center. We also took into account how often people search for the bias of that outlet on Google and visit AllSides as a result.
We also include outlets that are good representations a certain perspective or ideology. For example, Jacobin magazine is included because it represents socialist thought, while Reason magazine is included because it represents libertarian thought.
What Do the Bias Ratings Mean?
These are subjective judgements made by AllSides and people across the country. Learn our rough approximation for what the media bias ratings mean:
Does a Center Rating Mean Neutral, Unbiased, and Better?
Center doesn't mean better! A Center media bias rating does not always mean neutral, unbiased or reasonable, just as Left and Right do not always mean "extreme," "wrong," or "unreasonable." A Center bias rating simply means the source or writer rated does not predictably publish opinions favoring either end of the political spectrum — conservative or liberal. A media outlet with a Center rating may omit important perspectives, or run individual articles that display bias, while not displaying a lot of predictable bias frequently. Center outlets can be difficult to determine, and a case can often be made for them leaning one way or the other.
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 across the spectrum. Learn more about what an AllSides Media Bias Rating™ of Center rating means here.
Center doesn't mean better. You can think of our bias ratings as points of view, each providing pieces of the puzzle, so that we may have a more holistic view.
Why Are Some Media Outlets On The Chart Twice?
We sometimes provide separate bias ratings for a source’s news content and its opinion content. This is because some outlets, such as the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and the New York Times, have a notable difference in bias between their news and opinion sections.
When rating an Opinion page, AllSides takes into account the outlet's editorial board and its individual opinion page writers. The editorial board’s bias is weighted, and affects the final bias rating by about 60%.
For example, the New York Times has a range of individual Opinion page writers, who have a range of biases. We rate the bias of commentators individually as much as possible. Yet The New York Times Editorial Board has a clear Left media bias. We take into account both the overall biases of the individual writers and the Editorial Board to arrive at a final bias rating of Left for the New York Times opinion section.
See how we provide individual bias ratings for New York Times opinion page writers here.
Does AllSides Rate Which Outlets Are Most Factual or Accurate?
AllSides does not rate outlets based on accuracy or factual claims — this is a bias chart, not a credibility chart. It speaks to perspective only.
We don't rate accuracy because we don't assume we know the truth on all things, nor do we entirely trust ourselves to reliably and accurately recognize truth versus fiction, or (as is more often the case) a gray area. Read more about why AllSides doesn't rate accuracy.
We disagree with the idea that the more left or right an outlet is, the less credibility it has. There’s nothing wrong with having bias or an opinion, but hidden bias misleads and divides us. Just because an outlet is credible doesn’t mean it isn’t biased; likewise, just because an outlet is biased doesn’t mean it isn’t credible.
Where Can I See Past Versions of the Chart?
- Learn more about Version 6, the latest version of the chart, here.
- Learn more about Version 5.1 here.
- Learn more about Version 5 here.
- Learn about Version 4 here.
- Learn about Version 3 here.
- Learn about Version 2 here.
- Learn about Version 1.1 here.
- Learn about Version 1 here.
Where Can I Learn More?
Visit the AllSides Media Bias Ratings™ page and search for any outlet for a full summation of our research and how we arrived at the rating.
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