The Wall Street Journal media bias rating is Center for its news section. Note: AllSides rates the media bias of The Wall Street Journal's editorial/opinion pages separately. This page refers to the media bias of Wall Street Journal's news section only.
Our bias rating is the result of a 2013 AllSides blind bias survey and other analyses. In a blind bias survey, readers are asked to rate the bias of the news without knowing the source. Our 2013 blind bias survey determined the Wall Street Journal news section to have a Center bias. See more explanation of the 2013 blind bias survey results here.
Some claim the newspaper acquired a rightward slant after falling under the control of Rupert Murdoch and News Corp in 2007. However, many believe the news section to be balanced. See "bias in news pages," Wall Street Journal Wikipedia.
The Wall Street Journal places an emphasis on free markets while advocating for an open borders immigration policy. The Wall Street Journal is notable for enforcing a clear line between its news reporting and the opinion/editorial section, largely considered a best practice among advocates for balanced and fair news services.
In a 2005 academic study, Tim Groseclose, a former professor of political science at UCLA, developed a measure, the Slant Quotient (S.Q.), a number that shows how often a news outlet cites one or more of some 200 think tanks. The bigger the S.Q., the more liberal the news outlet. He found the Wall Street Journal is left of center, with a 55.1 SQ. For comparison, he found the most liberal newspaper to be the Detroit Free Press (S.Q. = 81.5) and the New York Times to be very liberal (67.3). In the full report published in the November 2005 issue of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the author notes:
"Irvine and Kincaid  note that “The Journal has had a long-standing separation between its conservative editorial pages and its liberal news pages.” Sperry  notes that the news division of the Journal sometimes calls the editorial division “Nazis.” “Fact is,” Sperry writes, “the Journal’s news and editorial departments are as politically polarized as North and South Korea.”"
A 2014 Pew Research Center survey, Where Audiences Fit on the Political Spectrum, found the Wall Street Journal's audience is "roughly evenly distributed across the ideological spectrum," with 21% of consumers being mostly liberal, 24% being of mixed political persuasion, and 22% being mostly conservative.
The AllSides Community agrees with our bias rating, and has continued to agree over time. In late 2013 (12/12/2013), the majority of the AllSides community agreed with the Center rating. As of May 15, 2016, over 4,000 votes from AllSides Community members showed the majority disagreed with the rating, but was evenly split on whether The Wall Street Journal news was Left or Right. The average of those votes was clearly Center, with a raw score of 48.5 (with 50 representing perfect Center).
About The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal is an international, business-focused, daily newspaper based in New York City. A division of News Corp and published six days a week by Dow Jones & Company, the Journal is the most widely circulated newspaper in the United States. It has printed continuously since it was founded by Charles Dow, Edward Jones, and Charles Bergstresser on July 8, 1889. Daily editions of the newspaper are posted on its website, which also includes Home, World, U.S., Politics, Economy, Business, Tech, Market, Arts, Life, Real Estate and Opinion sections.
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.
In 2007 Rupert Murdoch bought the Wall Street Journal with the $5 billion purchase of its parent company, Dow Jones & Co. Rupert Murdoch is the owner of News Corp. News Corp. is the owner of hundreds of national and international publishing outlets including The New York Post, Fox News, and many other outlets.
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.