NPR (Opinion)

AllSides Media Bias Rating™: Lean Left
The bias meter value for NPR (Opinion) is -2.30. -6 is the furthest "Left" value and 6 is the furthest "Right" value.
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How we determined this rating:

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Unless otherwise noted, this bias rating refers only to online news coverage, not TV, print, or radio content.

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NPR (Opinion)
NPR (Opinion)
Bias Rating Lean Left
Type News Media
Region National
Owner National Public Radio, Inc.
Established 1971
Twitter @npr
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What a Lean Left Bias Rating Means

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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About NPR (Opinion) 's Bias Rating

NPR (Opinion) is featured on the AllSides Media Bias Chart™.

NPR (Opinion) is a news media source with an AllSides Media Bias Rating™ of Lean Left.

Note: This rating does NOT refer to NPR broadcast radio content. It refers only to online, written content on

AllSides provides a separate media bias rating for NPR's online news section.

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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Bias Reviews

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Feb. 2022 Independent Review Finds NPR Opinion Leans Left

An independent review of NPR's opinion content by an AllSides reviewer in Feb. 2022 found NPR's opinion content leaned left by mostly via story choice bias, focusing on stories of interest to those on the left. 

Examples of articles reviewed included stories focusing on labor, race, and other topics of interst to the left such as, Opinion: I'm shocked by the racist cartoons and travel bans sparked by omicronOpinion: Do you know who's picking your açaí berries?Opinion: Veteran and former senator Max Cleland has died, but his legacy lives on, They're the invisible victims of climate change, and Opinion: Here's How Biden Should Strengthen Ties With Ukraine.

Dec. 2017 Editorial Review and Blind Bias Survey: NPR Opinion Has Lean Left Bias

This page was created as a direct result of a media bias analysis of NPR opinion in Dec. 2017. Both a Blind Bias Survey and Editorial Review of NPR resulted in Lean Left ratings.

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Community Feedback

Feedback does not determine ratings, but may trigger deeper review.

As of March 2024, people have voted on the AllSides Media Bias Rating for NPR (Opinion) . On average, those who disagree with our rating think this source has a Lean Left bias.

Confidence Level

Confidence is determined by how many reviews have been applied and consistency of data.

As of March 2024, AllSides has low or initial confidence in our Lean left rating for NPR (Opinion) . If we perform more bias reviews and gather consistent data, this confidence level will increase.

Additional Information

NPR is a multimedia news organization and radio program producer that serves as a national syndicator to a network of 950 public radio stations in the United States. Its mission is to work with member stations to create a more informed public, one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures. NPR's flagships are two drive time news broadcasts, Morning Edition and the afternoon All Things Considered; both are carried by most NPR member stations, and are two of the most popular radio programs in the country. NPR aims to be independent by generating revenue from fees it charges its member stations, as well as grants from foundations, contributions and sponsorships.

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NPR (Opinion) Ownership and Funding

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Owner: National Public Radio, Inc.

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