This is a bit of a follow-up to my analysis on who owns the media.

I also came across this infographic. While it’s decent, I felt it wasn’t 100 percent accurate. It’s worth mentioning that news sources have nebulous affiliations with partisan bias. Opinion pieces further muddy the waters, as any source can publish articles by liberal or conservative sources. For example, The Washington Post is often considered left-leaning as a whole, but occasionally uses pieces from conservative journalists.

A media organization’s rating (neutral, liberal, conservative, etc.) does not mean everything from that outlet will conform to the rating. Ratings are overall estimations. Sometimes a news site will surprise you. For instance, I’ve seen utter trash published by The New York Times and quality journalistic content published on Breitbart. Most people still agree that the Times is more reputable than Breitbart.

Note that indications of partisan bias don’t necessarily correlate with low quality. Sometimes a highly partisan article can have excellent/useful information. Just keep an eye out.

As always: use your own judgment on a case-by-case basis. Does an article appear to promote only one viewpoint? Does it make claims which require citations? Has it been refuted by Snopes? Is it a satire site like The Onion? Sometimes it’s helpful to check who the writer is.

And never, ever get your news from only one source.

I may create an infographic of my own. But in the meantime, here’s a list format on partisan bias. If you disagree with anything, let me know!

Highly neutral

Often neutral

  • Al Jazeera (Owned by the Qatar ruling family, so articles on some topics can be unreliable.)
  • Bloomberg
  • Business Insider
  • NPR
  • PBS
  • Forbes
  • RealClearPolitics
  • International Business Times
  • The Los Angeles Times
  • McClatchy DC
  • Foreign Policy
  • The Economist
  • The Financial Times
  • The Hill
  • RT News (Funded by the Russian government, so articles on some topics can be unreliable.)
  • The Washington Post (Sadly, the quality seems to be rolling downhill lately.)
  • Local news sources (print, radio, television)
  • Any fact-checking website such as Snopes or Politifact. It’s important to read the reasoning behind their conclusions, because sometimes the conclusions are faulty. (For example, rating something “untrue” when it’s “mostly true.” Or giving similar claims very different ratings.)

Skews liberal

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • NBC/CNBC
  • USA Today
  • CNN
  • The Guardian
  • The Atlantic
  • The Independent
  • The New York Times
  • The New Yorker
  • Politico
  • Rolling Stone
  • Slate
  • Vox
  • Vice

Skews conservative

  • The Daily Mail (Considered unreliable as a whole. Highly inconsistent with quality, and uses a variety of sources. Sometimes carries articles from reputable sources like the AFP.)
  • The Fiscal Times
  • The New York Post
  • The Wall Street Journal (Usually neutral, but most opinion pieces are conservative-leaning.)
  • Judicial Watch

highly Liberal

  • Buzzfeed
  • Democracy Now
  • MSNBC
  • Mother Jones / Foundation For National Progress
  • The Nation
  • The Daily Beast
  • The Huffington Post
  • Salon
  • The Tampa Bay Times
  • TIME

highly Conservative

  • American Spectator
  • The Blaze
  • Fox News
  • Newsmax
  • Red State
  • Town Hall
  • Washington Examiner
  • Zero Hedge

Liberal nonsense

Note: Sometimes these sites have great articles – it’s just rare. Oftentimes there’s strong partisan bias. Sometimes these sources peddle conspiracy theories. You don’t have to automatically dismiss these organizations; just take everything with a large grain of salt, and be VERY critical of what you read.

  • Media Matters
  • Natural News
  • Occupy Democrats
  • US Uncut
  • And any source which promotes garbage like “healing crystals” or the anti-vaccine movement.

Conservative nonsense

Note: Sometimes these sites have great articles – it’s just rare. Oftentimes there’s strong partisan bias. Sometimes these sources peddle conspiracy theories. You don’t have to automatically dismiss these organizations; just take everything with a large grain of salt, and be VERY critical of what you read.

  • Breitbart
  • The Daily Caller
  • The Gateway Pundit
  • InfoWars