On December 13th, 2017 we changed the title of this page from "NPR" to "NPR News" to reflect the fact that we added an NPR Editorial media bias rating page to our system. This was as a result of the NPR Editorial Review that we conducted on that date.
NPR says it is unbiased and although we don't think there is such a thing as "unbiased", it can be balanced, and the AllSides community thinks it is reasonably balanced giving it a bias rating of center. Note that the AllSides bias ratings are based on the news section of the web site, not the opinion pages or other medium like radio. NPR hopes that it can be independent by generating revenue from fees it charges its member stations, as well as grants from foundations, contributions and sponsorships. Although it has been accused of ideological biases from both the left and the right, a majority of the U.S. adult population does not believe information on public broadcasting is biased.
A 2005 UCLA study rated NPR’s Morning Edition (not the news section of the web site) as having a lean left bias, while the AllSides Bias Rating™ (based on the news section of the web site) for NPR remains center. A majority of over 5000 community members agreed with the center rating, but in a follow-up survey of 118 members who disagreed, NPR received an average bias score of 72.5, well within the range of a lean left bias. An October 2013 Blind Survey rated NPR as center by a narrow margin, meaning more analysis and research is needed.
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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.