Which Media Sources Are Neutral?

Published 14 December 2016 | 646 words | Categories: Journalism

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

Skews liberal

Skews conservative

Highly Liberal

Highly Conservative

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.

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.


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