Fox Online News has a Lean Right AllSides Media Bias Rating™.
Important Note: This page offers a media bias rating for online content on FoxNews.com only. AllSides does not rate the bias of broadcast TV or radio content.
AllSides rates Fox News Opinion/Editorial media bias separately.
Table of Contents
- 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
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 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.