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Maciamo
20-08-20, 15:14
The site Media Bias/Fact Check (https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/) rates news media for their factual reporting and political bias. There are thousands of sites rated, but I thought it would be interesting to give a concise summary of the main English-language news websites and TV channels. I am going to classify them by country.

United Kingdom

In 2016, in my article Who reads which newspaper in Britain? (https://www.eupedia.com/forum/threads/32762-Who-reads-which-newspaper-in-Britain) I explained the political bias and social class associated with the major British newspapers.



News media
Factual reporting
Political bias


BBC News
High
Left-center


Daily Express
Mixed
Right


Daily Mail
Low
Right


Daily Mirror
Mixed
Left-center


Daily Star
Mixed
Right-center


Daily Telegraph
Mixed
Right


London Evening Standard
High
Right-center


Financial Times
High
Least biased


Sky News
High
Least biased


The Economist
High
Least biased


The Guardian
Mixed
Left-center


The Independent
Mixed
Left-center


The Sun
Mixed
Right


The Times
High
Right-center




United States



News media
Factual reporting
Political bias


ABC
High
Left-center


Associated Press
Very high
Least biased


CBS
High
Left-center


CNN
Mixed
Left


Fox News
Mixed
Right


The Huffington Post
Mixed
Left


The Los Angeles Times
High
Left-center


New York Post
Mixed
Right-center


The New York Times
High
Left-center


NBC News
High
Left-center


Newsweek
Mixed
Left


NPR
Very high
Left-center


Politico
High
Least biased


Reuters
Very high
Least biased


Time Magazine
High
Left-center


USA Today
High
Left-center


Washington Post
High
Left-center


Yahoo News
High
Left-center




Canada



News media
Factual reporting
Political bias


CBS
High
Left-center


CTV
High
Least biased


Financial Post
Mostly factual
Right-center


The Globe and Mail
High
Right-center


Global News
High
Left-center


National Post
High
Right-center


Toronto Star
High
Left-center


Toronto Sun
Mostly factual
Right




Australia



News media
Factual reporting
Political bias


9 News
High
Right-center


ABC
High
Left-center


The Age
High
Left-center


The Australian
Mixed
Right-center


Daily Telegraph
Mixed
Right


The Herald Sun
Mostly factual
Right-center


News.com.au
Mostly factual
Right-center


The Sydney Morning Herald
High
Left-center




News in English from non-English-speaking countries



News media
Country
Factual reporting
Political bias


Al Jazeera
Qatar
Mixed
Left-center


ANSA
Italy
High
Least biased


Asahi Shimbun
Japan
High
Left-center


CCTV International
China
Mixed
Left-center


Deutsche Welle (DW News)
Germany
High
Left-center


El Pais
Spain
High
Left-center


Euronews
France
High
Least biased


EU Observer
Belgium
High
Left-center


France 24
France
High
Least biased


Japan Times
Japan
High
Least biased


Japan Today
Japan
High
Left-center


The Local
Sweden
High
Left-center


Mainichi Shimbun
Japan
High
Left-center


NHK World
Japan
High
Left-center


Russia Today (RT News)
Russia
Very low
Right-center


Spiegel Online
Germany
High
Left-center


South China Morning Post
China
Mixed
Left-center


Xinhua News
China
Mixed
Left-center


Yomiuri Shimbun
Japan
High
Right-center

Angela
20-08-20, 15:58
Maciamo, I don't know why I should accept the conclusions of some armchair pundit.

"The Columbia Journalism Review (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_Journalism_Review) describes Media Bias/Fact Check as an amateur attempt at categorizing media bias and Van Zandt as an "armchair media analyst."[3] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_Bias/Fact_Check#cite_note-CJR-3) The Poynter Institute (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poynter_Institute) notes, "Media Bias/Fact Check is a widely cited source for news stories and even studies about misinformation, despite the fact that its method is in no way scientific."[5] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_Bias/Fact_Check#cite_note-5)"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_Bias/Fact_Check

Plus, anyone who thinks the New York Times and NPR are unbiased has very strange standards, imo.

These judgments are inherently subjective, again, imo.

Archetype0ne
20-08-20, 17:26
Maciamo, I don't know why I should accept the conclusions of some armchair pundit.

"The Columbia Journalism Review (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_Journalism_Review) describes Media Bias/Fact Check as an amateur attempt at categorizing media bias and Van Zandt as an "armchair media analyst."[3] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_Bias/Fact_Check#cite_note-CJR-3) The Poynter Institute (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poynter_Institute) notes, "Media Bias/Fact Check is a widely cited source for news stories and even studies about misinformation, despite the fact that its method is in no way scientific."[5] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_Bias/Fact_Check#cite_note-5)"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_Bias/Fact_Check

Plus, anyone who thinks the New York Times and NPR are unbiased has very strange standards, imo.

These judgments are inherently subjective, again, imo.

I thought analysts field work is on the armchair? :thinking: :embarassed::laughing:

I know the idiom btw... it's just not the best word choice for the profession.

Maciamo
20-08-20, 19:06
I didn't know that Media Bias/Fact Check was amateurish. Sorry about that. Here are other attempts at classifications of news websites across the political spectrum.

First, the British Government did a survey on YouGov (https://yougov.co.uk/topics/politics/articles-reports/2017/03/07/how-left-or-right-wing-are-uks-newspapers) asking British people what they thought of the political biases of British newspapers.

https://d25d2506sfb94s.cloudfront.net/cumulus_uploads/inlineimage/2017-03-06/Newspapers%20left%20right%20wing-01.png

And this sorted by the actual political party for which the readers voted at the last election.

https://qph.fs.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-f86fc5ad1c1fbb25f6d6648bbe383321



Next is a series of charts are from Pew Research's articles on Political Polarization (https://www.pewresearch.org/topics/political-polarization/) in the U.S.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/libapps/accounts/81796/images/Pew_mediapolarization_ideologicalplacementsourceau dience.png


https://www.journalism.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2020/01/PJ_2020.01.24_media-polarization_1-01.png

https://www.journalism.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2020/01/PJ_2020.01.24_media-polarization_1-03-1.png

https://www.pewresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/ft_2020.04.01_newssources_02.png




Here is a chart is from AllSides.com (https://www.allsides.com/media-bias/media-bias-chart), a website that attributes political bias and let users provide feedback (https://www.allsides.com/media-bias/media-bias-ratings) on whether they agree or not with their attributions.
https://www.allsides.com/sites/default/files/AllSidesMediaBiasChart-Version1.1_0.jpg


https://aaronsnewsnetwork.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/news-bias.jpg

AdFontesMedia (https://www.adfontesmedia.com/) is another site that rates news sites on their political bias as well as factual reliability. They made the next two charts.

https://www.adfontesmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Media-Bias-Chart-5.1-Licensed.jpg


https://obamaninjas.com/imgs/pg/152.o1.jpg


This one is about the quality of science news reporting. It was was made by the American Council of Science and Health and Real Clear Science.

https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OWrqOYxubN8/WMWM-_AF9zI/AAAAAAAAOsY/JtJXguEveQ47_HhekKsQozhK1X9wBvHpQCLcB/s1600/ACSH-RCS+infographic+v8.jpg

Archetype0ne
20-08-20, 19:24
Glad to see that most of my favorite sources are non-partisan, least biased. AP, Reuters for general news mainly. I use WSJ, Bloomberg mainly for business/economics news, and for the laymen it is good enough, but if you are looking to trade on their news beware... I would not recommend it, won't go in depth as to why not.

Surprised that MIT TR is rated so low on "compelling to read"? I absolutely love it.

Edit: Also, INFOWARS is fun to watch, who needs the Onion when you can have this as (un/intentional?) satire. Haven't followed since they got de-platformed (for good reason, some things should not be even sarcastically implied, Sandy Hook denial was just despicable).

Maciamo
20-08-20, 20:15
From the various sources above, it seems that Media Bias/Fact Check was right about the political bias of British news sites. What is odd is that AllSides consider The Economist as slightly leftist, when if anything they are very slightly on the right of the center.

In the USA, we have:

- CNN, MSCBC, Huffington Post, Newsweek and Time Magazine on the left.

- ABC, Politico, The New York Times and the Washington Post are center to center-left.

- AP, NPR and Reuters are in the middle (least biased).

- The New York Post is either listed as center-right or very much on the right.

- Fox News and Breibart are on the right.

Northener
20-08-20, 21:11
From the various sources above, it seems that Media Bias/Fact Check was right about the political bias of British news sites. What is odd is that AllSides consider The Economist as slightly leftist, when if anything they are very slightly on the right of the center.

In the USA, we have:

- CNN, MSCBC, Huffington Post, Newsweek and Time Magazine on the left.

- ABC, Politico, The New York Times and the Washington Post are center to center-left.

- AP, NPR and Reuters are in the middle (least biased).

- The New York Post is either listed as center-right or very much on the right.

- Fox News and Breibart are on the right.

And in Europe Maciamo?

I can add for the Netherlands:

I. Newspapers:
- De Telegraaf, right
- Algemeen Dagblad center-right
- De Volkskrant, center-left
- NRC- Handelsblad, center-liberal
- Trouw, center, christian
- Het Parool (mostly Amsterdam), center-left
- Nederlands Dagblad, christian-reformed
- Reformatorisch Dagblad, reformed-pietistic

II. News Magazines
- Elsevier, right
- Vrij Nederland, center left
- Groene Amsterdammer, libertarian
- HP/De Tijd, center

May be contra to the dominant view about the Netherlands are the biggest newspaper (De Telegraaf) and the biggest Newsmagazine (Elsevier) without doubt right wing. You see also a quite big shot of christian newspapers (calvinistic). There is a liberal-libertarian influence (NRC, Groene Amsterdammer). Newsmagazine Vrij Nederland and Newspaper Het Parool are rooted in the resistance in ww2 and have a social-democratic kind of signature. The story of the newspaper The Volkskrant is most remarkable. It was traditional the newspaper of the Roman-Catholics (Southern Netherlands) but due to the counter culture in the sixties it shifted definitely to the left, now it's kind of center-left.

Personally I read Elsevier, Groene Amsterdammer, de Volkskrant and a regional newspaper called Dagblad van het Noorden. In the earlier days also Vrij Nederland.

Who can add for other countries?

I have read long time the newsmagazine Der Spiegel, kind of center -left (according to the old publisher 'when doubt: left') and Die Zeit kind of liberal-highly academic. Both centered in Hamburg, Germany.

Can others add???

Northener
21-08-20, 16:59
The site Media Bias/Fact Check (https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/) rates news media for their factual reporting and political bias. There are thousands of sites rated, but I thought it would be interesting to give a concise summary of the main English-language news websites and TV channels. I am going to classify them by country.

United Kingdom

In 2016, in my article Who reads which newspaper in Britain? (https://www.eupedia.com/forum/threads/32762-Who-reads-which-newspaper-in-Britain) I explained the political bias and social class associated with the major British newspapers.



News media
Factual reporting
Political bias


BBC News
High
Left-center


Daily Express
Mixed
Right


Daily Mail
Low
Right


Daily Mirror
Mixed
Left-center


Daily Star
Mixed
Right-center


Daily Telegraph
Mixed
Right


London Evening Standard
High
Right-center


Financial Times
High
Least biased


Sky News
High
Least biased


The Economist
High
Least biased


The Guardian
Mixed
Left-center


The Independent
Mixed
Left-center


The Sun
Mixed
Right


The Times
High
Right-center




United States



News media
Factual reporting
Political bias


ABC
High
Left-center


Associated Press
Very high
Least biased


CBS
High
Left-center


CNN
Mixed
Left


Fox News
Mixed
Right


The Huffington Post
Mixed
Left


The Los Angeles Times
High
Left-center


New York Post
Mixed
Right-center


The New York Times
High
Left-center


NBC News
High
Left-center


Newsweek
Mixed
Left


NPR
Very high
Left-center


Politico
High
Least biased


Reuters
Very high
Least biased


Time Magazine
High
Left-center


USA Today
High
Left-center


Washington Post
High
Left-center


Yahoo News
High
Left-center




Canada



News media
Factual reporting
Political bias


CBS
High
Left-center


CTV
High
Least biased


Financial Post
Mostly factual
Right-center


The Globe and Mail
High
Right-center


Global News
High
Left-center


National Post
High
Right-center


Toronto Star
High
Left-center


Toronto Sun
Mostly factual
Right




Australia



News media
Factual reporting
Political bias


9 News
High
Right-center


ABC
High
Left-center


The Age
High
Left-center


The Australian
Mixed
Right-center


Daily Telegraph
Mixed
Right


The Herald Sun
Mostly factual
Right-center


News.com.au
Mostly factual
Right-center


The Sydney Morning Herald
High
Left-center




News in English from non-English-speaking countries



News media
Country
Factual reporting
Political bias


Al Jazeera
Qatar
Mixed
Left-center


ANSA
Italy
High
Least biased


Asahi Shimbun
Japan
High
Left-center


CCTV International
China
Mixed
Left-center


Deutsche Welle (DW News)
Germany
High
Left-center


El Pais
Spain
High
Left-center


Euronews
France
High
Least biased


EU Observer
Belgium
High
Left-center


France 24
France
High
Least biased


Japan Times
Japan
High
Least biased


Japan Today
Japan
High
Left-center


The Local
Sweden
High
Left-center


Mainichi Shimbun
Japan
High
Left-center


NHK World
Japan
High
Left-center


Russia Today (RT News)
Russia
Very low
Right-center


Spiegel Online
Germany
High
Left-center


South China Morning Post
China
Mixed
Left-center


Xinhua News
China
Mixed
Left-center


Yomiuri Shimbun
Japan
High
Right-center





I don't know but I guess there is not really such thing as unbiased news, it's always with some kind of flavor, middle ground doesn't mean unbiased....I think unbiased is an idee fixe.

Maciamo
21-08-20, 23:07
And in Europe Maciamo?

I can add for the Netherlands:

I. Newspapers:
- De Telegraaf, right
- Algemeen Dagblad center-right
- De Volkskrant, center-left
- NRC- Handelsblad, center-liberal
- Trouw, center, christian
- Het Parool (mostly Amsterdam), center-left
- Nederlands Dagblad, christian-reformed
- Reformatorisch Dagblad, reformed-pietistic

II. News Magazines
- Elsevier, right
- Vrij Nederland, center left
- Groene Amsterdammer, libertarian
- HP/De Tijd, center

May be contra to the dominant view about the Netherlands are the biggest newspaper (De Telegraaf) and the biggest Newsmagazine (Elsevier) without doubt right wing. You see also a quite big shot of christian newspapers (calvinistic). There is a liberal-libertarian influence (NRC, Groene Amsterdammer). Newsmagazine Vrij Nederland and Newspaper Het Parool are rooted in the resistance in ww2 and have a social-democratic kind of signature. The story of the newspaper The Volkskrant is most remarkable. It was traditional the newspaper of the Roman-Catholics (Southern Netherlands) but due to the counter culture in the sixties it shifted definitely to the left, now it's kind of center-left.

Personally I read Elsevier, Groene Amsterdammer, de Volkskrant and a regional newspaper called Dagblad van het Noorden. In the earlier days also Vrij Nederland.

Who can add for other countries?

I have read long time the newsmagazine Der Spiegel, kind of center -left (according to the old publisher 'when doubt: left') and Die Zeit kind of liberal-highly academic. Both centered in Hamburg, Germany.

Can others add???

Thanks for sharing. The purpose of this thread is to give a summary of the main news websites in English. It would be too daunting a task to tackle the whole world, or even all European countries.

nordicwarrior
22-08-20, 05:58
NPR in the U.S. is rated "very high" regarding factual reporting?

Um, no.

I trust smaller, independent news sources more at this point than the legacy mainstream media. During evolving news stories I look to video recorded by "man on the street" types.

Nevertheless, I do review sites from all perspectives to distill the most accurate viewpoint. I even force myself to review HuffPo nearly everyday and I listen to NPR when driving to see what the other side has cooked up. Keeps my blood pressure nice and high like I like it.

dominique_nuit
23-08-20, 21:02
What is most illuminating about these Left-to-Right spectrums for assessing media bias is the complete absence of a national populist Third Position, as though such a perspective did not exist.

The first question that one should ask is, Who Owns the Media?

"Democracy has become a weapon of moneyed interests. It uses the media to create the illusion that there is consent from the governed. The press today is an army with carefully organized weapons, the journalists its officers, the readers its soldiers. The reader neither knows nor is supposed to know the purposes for which he is used and the role he is to play. The notion of democracy is often no different than living under a plutocracy or a government by wealthy elites."

"If by 'democracy' we mean the form which the Third Estate (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_Is_the_Third_Estate%3F) as such wishes to impart to public life as a whole, it must be concluded that democracy and plutocracy are the same thing under the two aspects of wish and actuality, theory and practice, knowing and doing. It is the tragic comedy of the world‑improvers' and freedom‑teachers' desperate fight against money that they are ipso facto assisting money to be effective. Respect for the big number—expressed in the principles of equality for all, natural rights, and universal suffrage—is just as much a class‑ideal of the unclassed as freedom of public opinion (and more particularly freedom of the press) is so. These are ideals, but in actuality the freedom of public opinion involves the preparation of public opinion, which costs money; and the freedom of the press brings with it the question of possession of the press, which again is a matter of money; and with the franchise comes electioneering, in which he who pays the piper calls the tune. The representatives of the ideas look at one side only, while the representatives of money operate with the other. The concepts of Liberalism and Socialism are set in effective motion only by money. … There is no proletarian (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proletariat), not even a Communist (https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Communism) movement, that has not operated in the interests of money, and for the time being permitted by money—and that without the idealists among its leaders having the slightest suspicion of the fact.

Concrete Example of Spengler's argument ----> 9-11 and the War on Terror ----> The planes crashing into the Twin Towers were but a "gruesome spectacle." Controlled demolitions brought down WTC 1 & 2, plus the oft-forgotten WTC 7. And yet otherwise intelligent people continue to subscribe to the official narrative, thanks to the media's complete control of the narrative.

Anybody who understands the truth of 9-11 cannot be at all surprised by the grotesque falsehood that reigns in the media today.

23-08-20, 21:38
Well Dominique, at least we know where you stand.