The New York Times News bias is Lean Left.
Important Note: This page refers to the media bias rating for the New York Times' news content only. AllSides provides a separate media bias rating for The New York Times Opinion page.
- August 2020 Blind Bias Survey
- March 2013 Blind Bias Survey
- Third-Party Studies of New York Times Bias
- AllSides Community Feedback
- New York Times Editors' Comments on Bias
- About The New York Times
- Funding, Financing and Ownership
August 2020 Blind Bias Survey
AllSides' August 2020 Blind Bias Survey, in which over 2,000 people across the political spectrum blindly rated content from numerous media outlets, confirmed our Lean Left bias rating for the New York Times' news section.
The average bias rating for The New York Times across all survey respondents — liberals, centrists, and conservatives — was Lean Left.
A plurality of respondents who self-reported a personal political bias of Left, Lean Left, Center, and Lean Right all rated The New York Times as Lean Left. A plurality of respondents who self-reported a personal bias of Right rated The New York Times as far Left.
March 2013 Blind Bias Survey
Results from a March 2013 Blind Survey by AllSides confirmed The New York Times has a Lean Left bias.
Third-Party Studies of New York Times Bias
A 2005 study by UCLA found The New York Times news section has a left-wing bias.
A 2007 survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports found that 40% of survey respondents believed the New York Times had liberal bias, 20% thought it had no bias, and 11% believed it to be conservative.
AllSides Community Feedback
As of July 2016, the AllSides Media Bias Rating for The New York Times was Lean Left; the majority of the almost 7,000 of the AllSides community disagreed with the Lean Left rating. However, when users were asked what the New York Times news bias rating should be, the average of the votes was actually Lean Left.
New York Times Editors' Comments on Bias
In 2004, Daniel Okrent, the then-public editor of The New York Times, wrote an editorial in which he explained that when covering some social issues, such as abortion and same-sex marriage, the paper did in fact have a liberal bias.
The New York Times public editor (ombudsman) Elizabeth Spayd wrote in 2016 that "Conservatives and even many moderates, see in The Times a blue-state worldview."
Times public editor Arthur Brisbane wrote in 2012, "When The Times covers a national presidential campaign, I have found that the lead editors and reporters are disciplined about enforcing fairness and balance, and usually succeed in doing so. Across the paper's many departments, though, so many share a kind of political and cultural progressivism — for lack of a better term — that this worldview virtually bleeds through the fabric of The Times."
Times executive editor Dean Baquet stated, "We have to be really careful that people feel like they can see themselves in The New York Times. I want us to be perceived as fair and honest to the world, not just a segment of it. It's a really difficult goal. Do we pull it off all the time? No.""
Since Eisenhower ran for president in 1956, the New York Times has not endorsed a single Republican nominee for president, but has endorsed every other Democratic candidate.
About The New York Times
The New York Times was founded in 1851 by Henry Jarvis Raymond and George Jones and has been published continuously ever since. The newspaper is ranked 2nd in circulation in the U.S. and 17th in the world. The paper has won 125 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other news organization. The Sunday New York Times has an average print circulation of over 1.1 million papers.
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.
Financing and ownership information last updated February 22, 2021. If you think this information is out of date or needs to be updated, please contact us.