The Associated Press has a Center media bias.
About AP's Media Bias
In general, AllSides finds AP portrays all sides equally, uses objective language, and refrains from sensationalism, emotional language, and hyperbole in its headlines and coverage.
However, in the months leading up to Sept. 2018, AllSides received messages from readers concerned that AP's media bias had shifted Left after President Trump's election. AllSides decided to conduct a comprehensive editorial review to assess the concerns. We did this during the last week of Sept. 2018, in which news about Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination was dominating the news cycle. This impacted our ability to get a comprehensive view of AP's media bias when it comes to covering a variety of issues. AllSides will continue to assess AP over time.
The AllSides team agreed that AP's coverage of Kavanaugh's confirmation was Lean Left — perhaps falling somewhere between Lean Left and Center. Some on the team noted that articles such as, "Kavanaugh-Ford hearing: A dramatic lesson on gender roles" — which criticized Kavanaugh for being defiant and patted Ford on the back for being sympathetic during the hearing — was written with a Lean Left media bias. Overall, AP's coverage of the hearing focused more on Kavanaugh's defiance and proclamations that the process had been a "national disgrace," while largely ignoring how Kavanaugh spoke about the impact of the allegations and media coverage on his family.
Overall, AllSides found that most of the coverage of Kavanaugh's hearing was Lean Left. However, the rest of AP's coverage remains Center. While there is some Left-Leaning content on AP's site, it is not enough for us to switch its rating from Center to Lean Left. We will continue to monitor AP's media bias closely — particularly, when there is not one story dominating the news — and will continue to conduct research.
About the Associated Press
From AP's About Page:
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering, supplying a steady stream of news to its members, international subscribers and commercial customers.
AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.
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