The AllSides Bias Rating™ currently gives HuffPost (formerly The Huffington Post) a media bias rating of left. Over half of the 16,000 AllSides users who voted disagree, but note that this raw voting data from AllSides users is not normalized (so most votes could come from one political segment or from an outside group hoping to influence our ratings). The results from the January 2013, March 2013, and October 2013 Blind Surveys (which are normalized to better reflect American opinion) clearly indicate that The Huffington Post has a left bias (see other highlights of that study here). The Huffington Post identifies itself as an overtly liberal news and information site, which is consistent with the AllSides blind bias rating studies.
According to the 2014 Pew Research Study, Where News Audiences Fit on the Political Spectrum, the majority (59%) of HuffPost readers hold political values to the political left or left-of-center. 17% of HuffPost's audience is right or right-of-center (compared with 26% of all respondents to the survey). Roughly 23% of HuffPost's audience is considered mixed or center (compared with 36% of all respondents to the survey).
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HuffPost is a liberal online news source founded by Arianna Huffington in May of 2005. Formerly The Huffington Post, the news and blog site is one of the most-read and cited sources online. Huffington won the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for national reporting. She is part of Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the list of Forbes most Powerful Women. According to the Alexa Global Traffic Rank, The Huffington Post was ranked as the number one most popular political site in July of 2012.
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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.
In March 2011, Huffington Post was acquired by AOL for $315 million. AOL would go on to be acquired by Verizon Communications in June 2015 and became a part of Verizon Media. In November 2020 BuzzFeed Inc. agreed to acquire the HuffingtonPost in a stock deal. Comcast and its NBCUniversal subsidiary own about a third of BuzzFeed. BuzzFeed has said that it intends to stay independent. Comcast owns NBC Universal. Brian L. Roberts is the chairman, president, and CEO of Comcast. Comcast is publicly traded.
Updated November 23, 2020