The New York Times News section has a Lean Left media bias.
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 overall (which includes various op-ed writers and the Editorial Board).
About The AllSides Media Bias Rating for The New York Times
AllSides' initial research, as well as a UCLA 2005 study, found The New York Times news section to have a Lean Left media bias rating. Initial results from a March 2013 Blind Survey by AllSides confirmed the Lean Left rating, but later results trended toward a bias rating of Center. As of July 2016, the AllSides Bias Rating™ for The New York Times is Lean Left; however, the majority of the almost 7,000 of the AllSides community disagrees with the Lean Left rating. When users were asked what the New York Times news bias rating should be, the average of the votes was found to actually be Lean Left.
In a 2007 survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports, 40% of survey takers believed the New York Times had liberal bias, 20% thought it had no bias, and 11% believed it to be conservative. 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, the paper did in fact have a liberal bias. Since Eisenhower ran for president in 1956, the paper has not endorsed a single Republican nominee for president, but has endorsed every other Democratic candidate.
More 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.