Politico media bias rating is Lean Left.

Politico's media bias rating is featured on the AllSides Media Bias Chart™.

Politico has a Lean Left AllSides Media Bias Rating™.

Politico displays a Lean Left bias primarily through an overall tilt in coverage that focuses more on issues of importance to people on the political left, and sometimes describes issues in ways that match the left perspective. However, sometimes Politico also has Center bias indicators, either by balancing left and right perspectives in a story, focusing on angles that other Lean Left-rated outlets are not, or by highlighting some stories more of interest to the right.

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Politico Rated Lean Left in June 2022 Editorial Review

Politico's bias was rated Lean Left in a June 2022 Editorial Review conducted by a panel of people on the left, center and right.

While there were indicators of Lean Left bias overall, many Politico articles and coverage were found to be Center. On average, panelists on the left saw Politico's bias as more Center, while people in the Center and on the Right saw the bias as more to the left. The general consensus was that Politico was on the Center side of Lean Left.

Types of bias most commonly detected were word choice bias, story choice bias, analysis presented as fact, and some slant.

Examples of Word Choice Bias

  • Politico used Lean Left language to describe Jan. 6: “damning findings,” “deadly riot,” “violent siege,” “threat to democracy,” “insurrection,” “Trump’s crusade.
  • A category on the website was labeled “Insurrection Fallout," which is Lean Left framing of Jan. 6; a reviewer in the center noted a "heavy anti-Trump focus."
  • Politico used the left characterization of Florida's Parental Rights in Education Bill, calling it "Don't Say Gay".

The panel noted story choice bias, with stories more of interest to, appealing to, or reflecting the perspective of the left often being chosen. The panel noted the Politico opinion section featured more pieces from a left point of view at the time of review— such as a piece warning of dangers of ending access to abortion and commentary calling criticism of critical race theorynational panic about anti-racist education” and “the new boogeyman.” However, one panelist noted that "Politico has featured right-rated opinion writers consistently over time, such as Ben Shapiro and Rich Lowry from National Review."

A “Women Rule” series was seen as Lean Left, due to the focus on an identity group. A panelist who leans right said pieces on the Jan. 6 hearings issued opinion presented as fact and anti-GOP bias, while a panelist on the left did not see anti-GOP bias. During the review, the team noticed an outsized focus on the Jan. 6 hearings, which differed from Lean Right outlets that were not as focused on this story. Coverage largely did not mention why the right doesn't care about the hearings (they think the committee is partisan; were more worried about crime/inflation, etc.) or why the right thought the Jan. 6 riot was unfairly a subject of more focus than the George Floyd riots in summer 2020.

A panelist in the Center noted, "While Politico is one of the only left-rated outlets to consistently cover the Hunter Biden laptop story and criticize other media’s coverage of it, Politico framed it as potential Russian disinformation in 2020, and the New York Post has remained critical of Politico’s coverage of it."

Many articles were seen as Center, with some quoting both Democrats and Republicans equally, and some story choices appealing to the right, such as a piece about RINOs ("Republican in Name Only"), one about lawmakers wanting to probe GoFundMe after it shut down a trucker convoy fundraiser, and another about drug overdose deaths.

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Politico Rated Center in May 2022 Blind Bias Survey

On average, people across the political spectrum rated Politico as Center in a May 2022 AllSides Blind Bias Survey. The rating, which differed from AllSides' rating of Lean Left at the time, triggered an Editorial Review, in which we opted to keep Politico's rating as Lean Left. (Compared to Blind Bias Surveys, Editorial Reviews allow an expert panel to see more content from the outlet taken over a longer period of time.)

On average, all respondents to the survey – regardless of self-reported bias or political party affiliation – perceived Politico as Center.

A total of 976 people from across the political spectrum – people who identified as Left, Lean Left, Center, Lean Right, or Right – rated the bias of Politico. The weighted average was 0.09. On a scale from -9 to 9, this is near the exact center. The middle 50% of responses lied between -2.09 (Lean Left) and 1.19 (Lean Right).

 

 

 

During a Blind Bias Survey, people from all sides of the political spectrum and a diverse array of ages and geographic locations rate the bias of content from a media outlet blindly, meaning all identifying branding information is removed. Sign up for a Blind Bias Survey here.

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Politico Rated Lean Left in Nov. 2020 Blind Bias Survey

After analyzing the results of our November 2020 Blind Bias Survey, in which 2,285 people across the political spectrum blindly rated Politico’s content, AllSides found our Media Bias Rating™ of Lean Left for Politico was affirmed.

The results signified near universal agreement of Politico’s bias on average. The average rating for Politico across all respondents was a firm Lean Left. The average rating for Politico from each bias group — people who identified themselves as Left, Lean Left, Center, Lean Right, or Right — was also Lean Left.

A plurality of respondents across all bias groups rated Politico as Lean Left. The second most common response across all groups was Left — except for people who rated their own bias as Left. For this group, the second most common response for Politico was Center.

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Feb. 2018: AllSides Moves Politico's Bias Rating from Center to Lean Left

On February 1, 2018, after analyzing results from an AllSides Blind Bias Survey and conducting an Editorial Review, Politico's Media Bias Rating™ moved from Center to Lean Left.

Previous AllSides blind bias surveys on Politico brought back a Center rating, though close to Lean Left. However, our 2017 Blind Bias Survey results came back as a solid Lean Left. The AllSides community provided feedback and the majority agreed that Politico had a Lean Left rating. Our team also conducted an Editorial Review and found Politico's articles demonstrated a consistent Lean Left bias.

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Community Feedback as of July 2016

As of July 2016, over half of the 6,000 AllSides users who voted disagreed with our rating of Center, and those who disagreed had an average rating of Center, though close to Lean Left.

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March 2013 Blind Bias Survey

A March 2013 Blind Bias Survey of Politico's headlines produced results closer to Lean Right, though not far from Center.

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Third-Party Claims of Bias

The Daily Caller and Breitbart, both outlets on the right, each published stories in 2011 and 2012, respectively, claiming that Politico has a liberal bias in its news coverage.

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=Politico Audience Makeup as of 2014

According to a 2014 Pew Research Center study, "Where News Audiences Fit on the Political Spectrum," "Just 16% of the Politico audience has mixed ideological views, compared with 36% of all Web users. Consistent conservatives are represented in Politico's audience on par with their proportion among all respondents, while consistent liberals are overrepresented."

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About Politico

Politico is a political journal that focuses on United States and international politics and policy. It was founded in January of 2007, and is based in Arlington, Virginia. John F. Harris and Jim VandHei both left their jobs at The Washington Post to work for Politico as editor-in-chief and executive editor.

According to its website, "POLITICO strives to be the dominant source for politics and policy in power centers across every continent where access to reliable information, non-partisan journalism and real-time tools creates, informs and engages a global citizenry."

"Mr. Döpfner said he expects Politico and Axel Springer’s other U.S. titles will embody his vision of unbiased, nonpartisan reporting, versus activist journalism, which, he said, is enhancing societal polarization in the U.S. and elsewhere."

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Who Owns and Funds Politico

Note: Funding and ownership is not taken into account when determining AllSides Media Bias Ratings. Our bias ratings are determined by assessing the bias of content only.

German conglomerate Axel Springer SE struck a $1 billion deal to acquire Politico in Aug. 2021. In Oct. 2021, Axel Springer Chief Executive Mathias Döpfner said in an interview with Wall Street Journal "he expects Politico staffers to adhere to Axel Springer-wide guiding principles that have raised controversy at times at its German properties—though they won’t be required to sign a written commitment to the principles like employees in Germany. The principles include support for a united Europe, Israel’s right to exist and a free-market economy, among others. ... Mr. Döpfner said he expects Politico and Axel Springer’s other U.S. titles will embody his vision of unbiased, nonpartisan reporting, versus activist journalism, which, he said, is enhancing societal polarization in the U.S. and elsewhere."

Politico was previously owned by the Capitol News Company. Capitol News Company is a private holding company owned by Robert L. Allbritton.

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.

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Authors who have written for Politico

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