Los Angeles Times

AllSides Media Bias Rating™: Lean Left
The bias meter value for Los Angeles Times is -2.00. -6 is the furthest "Left" value and 6 is the furthest "Right" value.
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Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
Bias Rating Lean Left
Type News Media
Region California, National
Owner Los Angeles Times Communications LLC
Established 1881
Website latimes.com
Twitter @latimes
Facebook latimes
Wikipedia Los Angeles Times
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The source displays media bias in ways that moderately align with liberal, progressive, or left-wing thought and/or policy agendas.

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Los Angeles Times is a news media source with an AllSides Media Bias Rating™ of Lean Left.

What a "Lean Left" Rating Means

Sources with an AllSides Media Bias Rating of Lean Left display media bias in ways that moderately align with liberal, progressive, or left-wing thought and/or policy agendas. A Lean Left bias is a moderately liberal rating on the political spectrum.

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The Los Angeles Times bias rating is Lean Left. When the LA Times was first published in the late 1800s, it was mainly directed at Republican readers. Now, the AllSides Bias Rating™ for the Times leans left.  As of May 2017, a majority of AllSides users who have voted agreed with this rating. This agreement differes from July 2016 when a small majority of over 700 AllSides users disagreed with our bias rating of lean left. Among those who do disagree, the average bias is on the border of center and leaning left, but closer to the left. For now, the bias rating of lean left remains until more research is conducted.

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The Los Angeles Times is a daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1881, and is now the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the U.S. Each day, 1.4 million people read the newspaper, with 2.4 million readers on Sundays. Since 1942, the Times has won 44 Pulitzer Prizes. In 1910, the Times headquarters was bombed as a result of the newspaper's efforts to fight local unions. Two union leaders, James and Joseph McNamara, were charged with killing 21 people. In the early 2000s, the LA Times struggled with changing ownership, a bankruptcy, staff reductions, and controversies. In 2008, the company filed for bankruptcy protection.


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As of April 2024, people have voted on the AllSides Media Bias Rating for Los Angeles Times. On average, those who disagree with our rating think this source has a Lean Left bias.

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As of April 2024, AllSides has low or initial confidence in our Lean left rating for Los Angeles Times. If we perform more bias reviews and gather consistent data, this confidence level will increase.

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AEI Report Finds Slant in Coverage of Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan

The American Enterprise Institute conducted a study of media bias in the coverage of President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan. The study looked at pieces published in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. They found that the headlines were usually neutral, but there was considerable bias in who was quoted, with Democratic officials, progressive advocates, and borrowers quoted significantly more than taxpayers or taxpayer advocates. Democratic officials were quoted more than four times as often as Republican ones. 

  • 49% of quotes were provided by public officials such as members of the Biden Administration, US Department of Education officials, members of Congress, governors, and state attorneys general. 
  • 81% of quotes were from Biden administration officials and other Democrats, and 19 percent were from Republicans
  • 30% of quotes were from borrowers and progressive advocates. 
  • Policy and legal experts accounted for slightly under 20 percent of the quotes.
  • Just over 3% were attributed to individuals identified as taxpayers or taxpayer advocates 
  • 62% of quotes supported loan forgiveness, 24 percent were critical, and 14 percent were neutral toward loan forgiveness. 

The choice of quotes that are primarily from those who support forgiveness shows bias by omission. The quotes also display elitism bias by displaying the perspectives of public officials more prominently than taxpayers.

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