The AllSides Media Bias Chart offers an easy way to identify political bias in the news so you can be better equipped to navigate our polarized media landscape. The AllSides Media Bias Chart is based on our full and growing list of over 600 media bias ratings (note: 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 and get the full picture. Learn about the different types of media bias.
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 Media Bias Rating Methodology is based on multi-partisan, scientific analysis and transparent methodology.
Here's how the AllSides Media Bias Chart differs from other media bias charts on the web:
- Data is gathered from a multipartisan team — not just one biased individual. We have a patent on rating bias and use multiple methodologies, not a homogenous group or an algorithm.
- Our research spans years — we started rating media bias back in 2012.
- We give different bias ratings for the news and opinion sections for key outlets, giving you a more accurate view.
- Transparent methodology: we tell you how we arrived at the bias rating of 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 600 media outlets and writers. The AllSides Media Bias Chart shows the political bias of some of the most-read news outlets in America.
AllSides Media Bias Chart FAQ
Why Does the Bias of a Media Outlet Matter?
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. Hidden bias limits our ability to understand others, problem solve and compromise, and our republic suffers.
News media, social media, and search engines have become so biased and personalized that we are stuck in filter bubbles, where we’re only exposed to information and ideas we already agree with. We often only see information that confirms our existing worldview. We may end up hating the “The Other Side,” believing they’re wrong or evil.
At AllSides, we reduce the one-sided information flow by providing balanced news and over 600 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 surveys, editorial reviews, third party data, and community feedback. Visit our AllSides 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, as well as whether or not it was featured on other media bias charts floating around the Web.
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 and Unbiased?
A Center media bias rating does not always mean neutral, unbiased or reasonable, just as "far Left" and "far 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. Sometimes, a media outlet with a Center rating misses important perspectives, leaving out valid arguments from the left or right.
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. Learn more about what an AllSides Media Bias Rating of Center rating means here.
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 make a distinction and provide separate bias ratings for a source’s news content and its opinion content. This is because some prominent and widely-read media outlets, such as the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and the New York Times, have a notable difference in bias between those two sections.
For example, on this chart you will see The New York Times Opinion is rated as a Left media bias, while the New York Times news is rated Lean Left. Fox News Opinion content has a Right media bias, while Fox News is Lean Right. And so on.
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 disagree with the idea that the more extreme 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.
How Does Version 1.1 of the chart differ from Version 1.0?
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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