A Deep Dive into Media Bias Chart 4.0 by Professor Max Stearns

I’m always impressed with the comments I get from so many of you about the most difficult questions the Media Bias Chart brings to mind. These include questions like”what constitutes the left-to right spectrum?” and
“how can we really evaluate sources, in a consistent, data-driven, meaningful way?”

Maxwell Stearns, Professor at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, has written extensively on the subject of dimensionality and related topics that make his analysis of these questions especially valuable.

For some weekend reading that is especially enjoyable to News Nerds like me, check out his post!

https://www.blindspotblog.us/single-post/2018/09/13/The-Newest-Viral-Media-Graphic?message_id=c42de05d-1830-4420-9e21-9125e849f382

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Hi, Vanessa – I was shaking your chest with my communication students lay week, and it looked to some very interesting discussions. Thank you for all of this hard work! I was reading through a bunch of the comments in the Media Bias Chart 3.1 post, and I disagree on one thing I saw mentioned several times. I actually don’t think you should include viewership information because I would argue that the size of viewership/readership doesn’t significantly impact the bias of the source. It may have ramifications on our national temperament, so to speak, but I don’t think that’s what… Read more »

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Ms. Otero, I like the large number of outlets that are included on the 4.0 chart. However, it is now more difficult to find a specific logo. For example, the Atlantic is almost buried under the other outlets that you placed almost on top of them. Such a conflict!

Could you list the outlets you rated, giving their ‘coordinates’ on the two axes? So we can more easily find them?

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Jay Warner

And to add to the chart’s confusion :), Have you, or would you, include “The Root” – http://www.theroot.com in your assessments?

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Veronica

I am a longtime fan of your media bias chart. I have checked it at least yearly for a long time to make sure I understand the new sources that I consume news and analysis from. In looking at your current version, it strikes me that your positioning of MSNBC is incorrect. MSNBC provides incredible historical factual context along with entirely reliable facts and thoughtful high level analysis. Using facts and analyzing the truth certainly leans left, but the positioning of MSNBC shows a strong bias away from truth and factual analysis that I think is quite unfair. Also, I… Read more »

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Better and better, both in breadth of content and in interpretation and rating of sources! One suggestion that should be pretty easy to provide and which will help most of us understand better how sources are related: provide a series – 2,3 or more of selected charts containing subsets of the primary chart. The subsets should reflect the nature of the source included. The primary divisions I have in mind are based on significance/size/role features, such as major news sources; secondary news sources; Political Web aggregators. These are the first that come to mind but the utility should be obvious.