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AllSides rates Fox News Opinion/Editorial media bias separately.
Table of Contents
- May 2021 Editorial Review: Fox Moved from Lean Right to Right
- Nov. 2020 Blind Bias Survey Confirms Lean Right Rating
- 2017: Fox News Media Bias Rating™ Moves from Right to Lean Right
- Separate Media Bias Rating™ for Fox News Opinion
- Fox News Media Bias Rating Prior to December 2017
- Pew: Fox News Audience Makeup as of 2014
- Third-Party Accusations of Bias
- About Fox News
- Funding, Financing and Ownership
May 2021 Editorial Review: Fox News Moved from Lean Right to Right
On May 19, 2021, the AllSides team conducted an Editorial Review of Fox News, in which we moved Fox from Lean Right to Right. Fox News had been rated Lean Right since 2017, and a Nov. 2020 Blind Bias Survey of Fox confirmed the Lean Right rating when the average rating across all bias groups was between Center and Lean Right.
During an Editorial Review, the AllSides team — which includes people from the left, center, and right — reviews the works of a media outlet and looks for the common types of media bias. We then come to a general consensus on its bias.
The May 2021 Editorial Review was conducted after members of our news posting team had been noting increased sensationalism from Fox's online news after President Joe Biden's inauguration in Jan. 2021. One team member noted that Fox News had reportedly fired 16 digital editors from its Digital department in Jan. 2021, which may have contributed to a shift in online content.
For this review, we looked at Fox News' homepage and it US and Politics sections only, not its opinion content. At the time, we rated Fox Opinion separately as Right. During the review, two team members who Lean Right and one who is in the Center said Fox News is between Lean Right and Right; all other team members said Fox News deserves a Right rating.
The team generally agreed Fox News runs a number of sensationalist headlines and that its story choice is right-wing. In many cases, we found the body text of the articles to be rather balanced or just stating the facts. We noted sensationalism in subheadlines that appeared in blue blocks on Fox News' homepage. Fox News sometimes used qualifiers to describe things in a more editorialized way, such as characterizing people or groups: "Squad member Talib", "the left-wing group", "terrorist organization Hamas." The team noticed a marked pro-Israel slant as we assessed news articles about the exchange of rockets between Hamas and Israel. An article about House members being fined for not wearing masks didn't interview the other side, such as Nancy Pelosi or others who wanted Congress to keep wearing them despite new CDC guidelines. We noticed articles framing Vice President Kamala Harris negatively, as well as a headline mentioning "disgraced Cuomo".
One team member with a Lean Left bias noted they were "pleasantly surprised" by Fox News' Jan. 6 Capitol riot storming coverage and Jan. 20 Biden inauguration coverage, as it was neutral; a team member with a Center bias said Fox News "offers good quotes from both sides, but gives priority to GOP quotes sometimes."
Nov. 2020 Blind Bias Survey Confirms Lean Right Rating
An AllSides Blind Bias Survey in Nov. 2020 confirmed our Lean Right bias rating for Fox News. 2,285 people from across the political spectrum on average blindly rated content from Fox News as between Center and Lean Right, though closer to Lean Right.
People on the left on average rated Fox News as firmly Lean Right; people in the center and on the right rated Fox between Center and Lean Right. The average rating across all political groups was Lean Right.
A plurality within all groups rated Fox as Lean Right. The second most common response across all groups was Center.
2017: Fox News Media Bias Rating™ Moves from Right to Lean Right
After conducting a 2017 Blind Bias Survey, considering feedback from the AllSides community, and undertaking an Editorial Review of Fox News on Dec. 10, 2017, AllSides shifted its original media bias rating of Fox News from Right to Lean Right in December 2017.
The majority of the AllSides community disagreed with our original bias rating of Fox News as "Right" (12,896 agreed and 19,249 disagreed as of December 2017). Those who voted against the original rating recommended an average rating of Lean Right for Fox News media bias, which aligned with observations made by the AllSides editorial team. Further, results from three blind bias surveys (in which participants read and rate the bias of headlines without knowing which source they belong to) also rated Fox as Lean Right, thus confirming the votes of the AllSides community.
Fox News' media bias is still noticeably conservative, particularly in regards to story choice, but its biases are subtler when it comes to word choice, especially when compared with sources like Townhall, Daily Wire, and National Review.
Separate Media Bias Rating™ for Fox News Opinion
After analyzing Fox News' Opinion/Editorial section in 2018, it became clear that its opinion pieces had a different bias than its news pages. AllSides created a separate Media Bias Rating™ for Fox News Opinion/Editorial. AllSides Media Bias Ratings™ delineate between news and opinion when there is a distinct difference between the two.
Fox News Media Bias Rating Prior to December 2017
Prior to 2017, AllSides gave Fox News a bias rating of Right. Many AllSides users disagreed with the rating; those who disagreed gave Fox News an average rating of Lean Right, and closer to Right than Center.
Pew: Fox News Audience Makeup as of 2014
According to the 2014 Pew Research Study, Where News Audiences Fit on the Political Spectrum, 46% of Fox News readers held political values to the political right or right-of-center. 18% of Fox's audience was left or left-of-center (compared with 38% of all respondents to the survey). Roughly 37% of Fox News' audience was considered mixed or center (compared with 36% of all respondents to the survey).
Third-Party Accusations of Bias
Fox News' TV network has long been accused of right-wing bias and of favoring the Republican Party, mostly by those on the left. Some have accused Fox of not occupying a "fact-based" reality, or being too focused on opinion content. Others, such as Media Matters for America, have accused Fox News of lying.
Following the 2020 presidential election, some news outlets on the right reported that Fox News was losing support and viewership among the right, characterizing it as "an aggressive movement by some television viewers to leave Fox News and head to Newsmax TV," citing data from Nielsen. Some, such as Conservative Daily News, chalked it up to the network "prematurely calling the presidential election in favor of Joe Biden." Some noted Fox News was undergoing a "leftward shift" and no longer represented the American right.
About Fox News
Fox News is a 24-hour news service founded in 1996 by Rupert Murdoch. It is a top five cable network and for over 14 years has been the most-watched news channel in America.
Funding, Financing and Ownership
Note: Funding and ownership is not taken into account when determining AllSides Media Bias Ratings™. While it's true ownership and financial interests can affect what goes to print, our bias ratings are determined by assessing the bias of content only. We provide financial and ownership information as an FYI to our readers.
Fox News is part of the Fox Broadcast Network, which is owned by the Fox Corporation. The Fox Broadcast Network includes Fox News and a chain of 28 local Fox television stations, among other media assets. The Fox Corporation is owned by Rupert Murdoch. Rupert Murdoch is the owner of News Corp. News Corp. is the owner of hundreds of national and international publishing outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and many other outlets.
Financing and ownership information last updated March 31, 2021. If you think this information is out of date or needs to be updated, please contact us.