Outrage Over White House Correspondents' Dinner

Comedian Michelle Wolf delivered the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner monologue, and reactions were mixed on if the entertainer took things too far. Detractors took issue with her crude jokes which harshly criticized Sarah Sanders and Kellyanne Conway, while supporters argued...
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Politico Media Bias Update

Previously: We split our evaluation of NPR into a media bias rating for NPR News (Center) and for NPR Editorial (Lean Left). We also completed an analysis of CNN where we kept the media bias rating for CNN Web News as Center, but created a new page for CNN Opinion (Far Left). After...
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Daily Beast Media Bias Update

Previously: We split our evaluation of NPR into a media bias rating for NPR News (Center) and for NPR Editorial (Lean Left). We also completed an analysis of CNN where we updated the media bias rating for CNN Web News (Center) and created a new page for CNN Opinion (Far Left). And we did...
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Fox News Media Bias Update

Previously: We split our evaluation of NPR into a media bias rating for NPR News (Center) and for NPR Editorial (Lean Left). We took the same approach for our analysis of CNN , splitting into a media bias rating for CNN Web News (Center) and CNN Opinion (Far Left). The Fox News media bias...
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Daily Caller Media Bias Update

Note: Based on user feedback, we changed The Daily Caller media bias to Far Right. We recently received a comment that expressed concern over the use of one of our right-wing news sources. The knee-jerk reaction might be to pin the blame on Breitbart, which we previously detailed our...
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CNN Media Bias Update

CNN is, without a doubt, our most highly contested source. Based on past data, the current CNN media bias rating is Center, but many users argue that it should be labeled Lean Left, if not altogether Left. (Reminder: We only rate the media bias of sources as they appear on the Web and use...
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NPR Media Bias Update

Thanks to your feedback, we recently updated several media bias ratings , and first on the list is NPR (reminder: we only rate the articles found on the web, not the broadcast radio programs). Up until now, the AllSides NPR media bias rating has been Center, but data collected in recent...
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How do I have a non-partisan Thanksgiving?

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Happy Thanksgiving from the whole team at AllSides! As much as we all enjoy the delicious food, w e know that Thanksgiving is a time when you might see relatives that you haven't seen in a while. As everyone is sitting around the table, the conversation might turn to politics, and often,...
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Updating Our Media Bias Ratings: Editorial Review

Media bias ratings at AllSides are not set in stone. We like to think of them as alive, constantly growing and changing -- often driven by you, the reader. They are updated on a regular basis, using blind bias quizzes , community ratings , independent research, and editorial reviews...
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Media for the Common Good: Part Two

Editor’s Note: In Part One of this series, we discussed the positive impact that journalism can have when it tells stories that bring people together. While AllSides works to improve journalism by revealing media bias and providing balanced news (some would call it unbiased news, but...
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Media for the Common Good: Part One

Editor’s Note: At AllSides, we generally focus on media bias and how to break through it by providing more balanced news using multiple perspectives to get a better, broader understanding of the topic. But there is much more to journalism than that. This guest article provides a glimpse...
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The Subtleties of Media Bias

As we discussed in a recent blog post , everything we read is biased, as all individuals are consciously and subconsciously influenced by their own unique life experiences. Therefore, readers shouldn’t solely seek out unbiased sources, but rather deliberately consult multiple angles. But...
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Still Too Few Votes to Repeal ACA

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Republicans in the Senate hoped to vote on the new healthcare bill or at least to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but the vote has again been pushed back by Senate Majority Leader McConnell. Revisions have been made over the past several weeks to the Senate bill but still a few...
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Trump Tax Plan

President Trump released his tax plan this week, calling for an overhaul of current economic policy. The plan includes major cuts for both individuals and businesses, but economic analysts on both the Left and the Right say its impact on the federal deficit could be counterproductive...
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Deportation Push

The administration is taking actions to increase arrests and deportations of illegal immigrants , supposedly prioritizing those who break more serious laws. Trump and many of his supporters feel the previous administration was too lax, while others considered President Obama to be the "...
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Trump's First Week

Donald Trump has been president for almost a week now. And it's been a busy week. On Saturday , the new president signed his first executive order which signaled the start to dismantling to Obamacare . Monday morning Trump announced the US would be pulling out of TPP . On Tuesday , Trump...
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Cabinet Hearings Begin

The confirmation hearings began this week for Trump's cabinet picks. The nominees faced questions both personal and professional, both ethical and hypothetical. Sen. Al Franken stated that he expects some cabinet picks to be confirmed by the end of the week, while other senators are...
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Russia: Friend or Foe

Our relationship and future path with Russia has been a consistent undercurrent in much of the news this week. First there was Donald Trump's pick of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State and the mixed reactions to that cabinet pick . Some applauded Tillerson's extensive international...
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Violence in Charlotte

The last several days saw two black men killed by police officers, one shot in Tulsa by a white police officer, another in Charlotte shot by a black police officer. Both communities expressed pain and outraged, one community erupted in violence. The Charlotte shooting in particular was...
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Deplorables?

At a fundraiser Friday night, Hillary Clinton said, "You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables'… Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it.” Several days later, this...
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Story of the Week: The Impact of Brexit

The British withdrawal from the European Union topped headlines this week. Opinions from left to right ran strong about what Brexit means for issues like immigration, racism, the world economy, and the US presidential election. This week we bring you some contrasting Brexit stories from...
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Story of the Week: Responding to Brussels

A few days after the Brussels terrorist attacks, claimed by ISIS, killed at least 31 people and injured hundreds of others, opinions across Europe and the US vary on how best to respond and prevent the devastating rise of terror catastrophes in the West. This week we bring you a cross-...
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Story of the Week: The Oregon Standoff

While the presidential election continues to dominate American headlines, we're highlighting a different political story this week. Today, the 41-day standoff between occupiers and authorities at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon ended when the last four protesters surrendered. In...
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Story of the Week: The Water Crisis in Flint

The tap water in Flint, Michigan has become toxic. Around half of the water service lines to Flint homes are made of lead, and it appears that the water wasn't adequately treated, so the pipes corroded and allowed lead to leach in. How and why did such a thing happen in this country? It’s...
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Story of the Week: 2015 Year End Lists

Right before the New Year is that moment in time when we start looking back and taking stock of the year that was. As always, articles reflecting on how political issues played out during the year surface around this time, and we like to bring you these stories from different perspectives...
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Story of the Week: 3 Christmas Viewpoints

As today is Christmas Eve, we have chosen Christmas itself as our story of the week. We thought it would be interesting to look at how different people interpret and celebrate this traditional holiday. Regardless of where you might stand in the spectrum of Christmas viewpoints, AllSides...
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Story of the Week: GOP Debate Fact Checks

This week in Las Vegas, the GOP candidates’ had their fifth debate. Townhall.com called it, “a serious and substantive discussion of foreign policy and national security.” Terrorism, immigration, and foreign oil were among the topics debated. Was every point made by every candidate...
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Story of the Week: What To Do About ISIS

The Islamic State's threat expanded considerably beyond Syria and Iraq in recent weeks. Now that it has claimed responsibility for last week’s tragic assaults in Paris, downing a Russian jet, and attacks in Egypt and Lebanon, the demand for a way to stop ISIS has become even louder and...
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Story of the Week: Analysis- GOP Debate

This week brought us the last GOP debate until December, when primary season kicks into gear. This debate was significant because across the media it has been described as more substantive, giving viewers more information about the candidates and their proposals. So today we provide you...
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Story of the Week: Russian Airstrikes in Syria

Russia started airstrikes in Syria this week, claiming to target ISIS. The U.S., also carrying out airstrikes in Syria, has expressed doubts about Russia's true motives. Some believe Russia is instead supporting Assad by aiming for Syrian rebels. With a great deal at stake, the Obama...
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Story of the Week: The Pope Visits the US

Pope Francis is visiting the US for the first time this week. He’s speaking to congress in DC and the UN in New York. As the “popemobile” rolls through crowded streets, the media is buzzing about his political stances and what he might say while he’s here. The West’s most famous religious...
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Story of the Week: Kentucky Clerk

A federal judge has just found Kentucky clerk Kim Davis in contempt of court for defying a Supreme Court ruling by refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Davis is an Apostolic Christian who cites her beliefs, saying that issuing the licenses would be in violation of her religion...
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Story of the Week: Iran Nuclear Deal

The U.S. and some of its friends shook hands on a landmark nuclear agreement with Iran this week. In exchange for limiting nuclear stockpiles, the agreement lifts sanctions that some say have crippled Iran's economy. Will this deal promote peace and keep Iran from building nuclear weapons...
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Story of the Week: Gay Marriage Ruling

From news headlines to Facebook, the most discussed, celebrated, hated, and debated topic in the U.S. this past week has been the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling that made same-sex marriage legal across the country. Both sides of the issue claim they are on the side of the Constitution. Today...
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Story of the Week: Battling ISIS in Iraq

The President has just authorized sending up to 450 additional troops to Iraq. The stated goal: increase training of local security forces in their fight against ISIS. There are already 3,100 U.S. troops at four training sites in Iraq. Is this move reasonable, too aggressive, not...
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Story of the Week: New EPA Water Protection Rule

Before we get into our featured story, we have a question for you: wouldn't it be great to get all the top stories about your own state in the AllSides multiple-perspective format? If you happen to live in Utah, we've got good news! You can do that here . Utah is our first region-specific...
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Story of the Week: Bin Laden Doc Release

This week, U.S. intelligence officials declassified a large number of the documents seized during the 2011 raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. What do they reveal? At the time of this writing, the media is just beginning to explore this story, but what we see so far is that these documents...
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Story of the Week: Trade Deal

Earlier this week Obama's own party resisted his lobbying for a major trade bill, but on Wednesday Senate leaders said they had forged a deal to move forward with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Will this bill ultimately be considered a bipartisan...
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Story of the Week: Rand Paul Interview

GOP Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky announced his candidacy for presidency this week. Shortly thereafter, he had a tense interview with Today Show anchor Savannah Guthrie . It was contentious enough to attract a lot of media attention afterward. What happened? Was the line of questioning...
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Story of the Week: Religious Freedom Laws

The governor of Indiana signed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) last week. Widespread controversy about possible discrimination against the LGBT community ensued and the Republican governor of Arkansas announced he wouldn't sign a similar law on the table in his state. Meanwhile...
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Story of the Week: 2016 Candidate- Ted Cruz

Though the 2016 presidential election has been speculated about in the media since November of 2012, it wasn't until this week that someone featured in major polls officially filed to run in 2016. That person is Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas. With such a well-known personality...
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Story of the Week: Hillary's Emails

This week Hillary Clinton gave a press conference about her of use of a personal email address that was managed through her own private server while she was Secretary of State. Shortly after that the Associated Press sued the State Department for release of her emails. At issue? AP...
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Story of the Week: Homeland Security

The Senate is closer to preventing a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security. The DHS runs out of money in two days, but the Democrats have accepted Senator Mitch McConnell's plan to separate the votes on DHS funding and Obama's immigration actions, which breaks the impasse. This...
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Story of the Week: War Powers Request

While the US has been running airstrikes against ISIS for many months, yesterday President Obama officially asked Congress for permission to use military force against ISIS. He asked for three years, and permission to send in Special Ops and other limited missions, as needed. Did he ask...
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Story of the Week: Vaccine Debate Gets Political

Spreading even faster than the measles outbreak is the controversy over vaccinations and people who choose to opt out of them . Is it a Left vs. Right issue? Conservative site Newsbusters says that left-leaning coverage of this issue labels conservatives anti-vaccination, while plenty of...
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Story of the Week: Senate Approves Keystone XL

The Senate just passed a bill that approves construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline . As you've no doubt heard, this project has plenty of fans and opponents. President Obama is currently on the "not a fan" side and has promised to veto the bill. Before its passage today, the Senate...
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