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Axios is a news media source with an AllSides Media Bias Rating™ of Center.
What a "Center" Rating Means
Sources with an AllSides Media Bias Rating of Center either do not show much predictable media bias, display a balance of articles with left and right biases, or equally balance left and right perspectives.
Center doesn't mean better! A Center media bias rating does not necessarily mean a source is totally unbiased, neutral, perfectly reasonable, or credible, just as Left and Right don't necessarily mean extreme, wrong, unreasonable, or not credible. AllSides encourages people to read outlets across the political spectrum.Learn more about Center ratings
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Axios Rated Center in Sept. 2020 Independent Review
A Sept. 2020 independent review of Axios by an AllSides editor determined the site largely has a Center bias.
The editor found Axios is very brief in its reporting, typically using short paragraphs and bulleted lists, and does not often commit common types of media bias such as spin, unsubstantiated claims, or sensationalism.
Axios' reporting largely included objective statements, with few examples of subjective analysis or opinion passed off as objective fact. There were some exceptions to this. Axios typically uses full quotes, not partial quotes.
Axios sometimes commits omission of source attribution, making claims without providing a clear source to back them up. Axios does display bias occasionally — a Sept. 20, 2020 article "Democrats' Armageddon Option" included much sensationalist language, such as "furious Democrats are considering total war," and mentions of "Republican hypocrisy." Overall, Axios' reporting did not display much partisan bias one way or the other.
May 2017 Blind Bias Survey and Independent Review
The results of a May 2017 AllSides Blind Bias Survey indicated respondents across the political spectrum found Axios to be Center.
Also in May 2017, an AllSides independent reviewer determined Axios' rating to be Center based on its avoidance of charged or emotive language in most cases, and its general focus on facts and hard information as opposed to hearsay.
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As of December 2022, people have voted on the AllSides Media Bias Rating for Axios. On average, those who disagree with our rating think this source has a Lean Left bias.
As of Sept. 2020, 2,218 people voted that they agreed with our rating of Center for Axios, and 2,480 disagreed.
The average rating from the community is Center. Of people who disagreed with the Center rating, on average they thought Axios leaned right. Overall, counting all votes, the average community vote was on the border of Center and Lean Right.
Confidence LevelConfidence is determined by how many reviews have been applied and consistency of data.
As of December 2022, AllSides has medium confidence in our Center rating for Axios. Two bias reviews have affirmed this rating or multiple reviews have returned differing results. If we perform more bias reviews and gather consistent data, this confidence level will increase.
Axios is a digital news website. It was created in 2016 by three former Politico journalists. It publishes stories in a signature concise format based around bulleted lists. The site's name is based on the Greek: ἄξιος (áxios), meaning "worthy."
Axios's founder VandeHei said he wanted the site to be a "mix between The Economist and Twitter."
Axios Ownership and FundingFunding and ownership do not influence bias ratings. We rate the bias of content only.
Owner: Axios Media, Inc.
In 2022, Axios agreed to sell to Cox Enterprises for $525 million.
In 2016, Axios secured $10 million in a round of financing led by Lerer Hippeau Ventures, a venture capital firm that also backed HuffPost and BuzzFeed. Backers included NBC News, a media partner and whose president, Andy Lack, sits on the Axios board; Emerson Collective, the investment vehicle of Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs; Greycroft Partners; and David and Katherine Bradley, owners of Atlantic Media.
AllSides has noted numerous instances in which Axios published clearly labeled sponsored content from companies such as Walmart, ZipRecruiter, Amazon and Emergent BioSolutions.
Financing and ownership information last updated March 30, 2022. If you think this information is out of date or needs to be updated, please contact us.