FiveThirtyEight has a Center AllSides Media Bias Rating™.
FiveThirtyEight Rated Center in October 2022 Small Group Editorial Review
An AllSides October 2022 Small Group Editorial Review returned a bias rating of Center for FiveThirtyEight. Three panelists from the left, center, and right all observed balanced story choice and word choice. A reviewer on the left noted that articles include links to cited sources, and a reviewer on the right observed the lack of sensationalism in their coverage of contentious issues. While all three panelists noted some instances of Lean Left bias indicators, there were enough articles in the Center to convince the team to give a Center rating.
FiveThirtyEight’s political content often includes fact-driven statistical analysis. The majority of the coverage did not show signs of bias, such as articles on immigration, midterm elections and the Jan. 6 hearings. These articles reported facts without employing biased word choice, slant, or other types of media bias.
All of the panelists noted a few instances of Lean Left bias indicators. An article on abortion mentioned the phrase “Trumpian rhetoric,” which a panelist on the left noted as a Lean Left word choice. The same panelist also noted a Lean Left story choice and bias by omission in an article on climate change, which failed to include Republican opposition to climate initiatives. A reviewer from the Center noted that one article employed negativity bias toward Mehmet Oz, the Republican nominee running for the US Senate seat in Pennsylvania.
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