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2018 Midterms: Headlines from Across the Spectrum. “What happened” is one thing; “What it means” is another

Day-after-election coverage is especially useful for differentiating news content on both the quality and bias metrics. This is because election stories are naturally full of concrete facts--who won, who lost, where, and by how much. Further, the facts by themselves are fairly easy for most people to interpret without having someone else analyze them and ...Read more

2018 Midterms: Headlines from Across the Spectrum. “What happened” is one thing; “What it means” is another2018-11-08T05:32:39+00:00

USA Today Op-ed Illustrates Need for Interactive, Dynamic Media Bias Chart

USA Today, which has an overall source rating on the Media Bias Chart of “Neutral, Fact-Reporting,” published an Op-Ed written by President Trump yesterday that was widely panned by other news sources and on social media. The op-ed itself was analyzed and fact-checked by an article in the Washington Post the same day, which explained ...Read more

USA Today Op-ed Illustrates Need for Interactive, Dynamic Media Bias Chart2018-10-12T04:08:28+00:00

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 ...Read more

A Deep Dive into Media Bias Chart 4.0 by Professor Max Stearns2018-10-06T19:12:08+00:00

Using the Media Bias Chart to Illustrate the Difference Across the Spectrum: Ford-Kavanaugh Hearings

It’s a bad thing that many Americans live in alternate realities from each other based on the news sources they read and watch. The headlines below are all about essentially the same subject matter—the same events of the past few days--yet they vary wildly in their focuses and conclusions. I believe this is why we ...Read more

Using the Media Bias Chart to Illustrate the Difference Across the Spectrum: Ford-Kavanaugh Hearings2018-10-02T02:02:31+00:00

Wonkette’s Ranking: How and Why Media Bias Chart Ranked ’em!

One new ranking on Media Bias Chart 4.0, added upon request by many commenters, is Wonkette. It’s in the bottom left corner of the chart. Apparently those at Wonkette were so displeased by this ranking that they wrote this article--Wonkette is Fake News Like Louise Mensch, According to World’s Best Fucking Chart-- about it, which ...Read more

Wonkette’s Ranking: How and Why Media Bias Chart Ranked ’em!2018-09-16T21:29:23+00:00

Media Bias Chart Ranks Patribotics All The Way Left

Even though its author is a self-described conservative and the National Enquirer skews right (and its owner squashed a damaging Trump story) One of the most fascinating types of comments I get are the ones insisting that one of the sources I have ranked in the bottom left of the Media Bias Chart, the Patribotics ...Read more

Media Bias Chart Ranks Patribotics All The Way Left2018-09-16T21:36:46+00:00

Junk Food and Junk News: The Case for “Information Fitness”

We, as humans, have basic needs for several things. One of them is food. Another is information. We are always, by necessity and want, taking in both. It’s fair to say we even love both food and information. But we also, as humans, have a propensity for indulging in too much of a good thing ...Read more

Junk Food and Junk News: The Case for “Information Fitness”2019-03-27T15:26:12+00:00

Part 2 of 4: Why Measuring Political Bias is So Hard, and How We Can Do It Anyway: The Media Bias Chart Horizontal Axis

Post Two of a Four-Part Series   The Media Bias Chart Horizontal Axis:   How to Define Political Bias in a Meaningful, Useful Way In part one of this series I laid out some problems with existing ways of measuring bias and outlined a proposed new methodology for rating such bias in news sources within ...Read more

Part 2 of 4: Why Measuring Political Bias is So Hard, and How We Can Do It Anyway: The Media Bias Chart Horizontal Axis2018-08-28T23:15:53+00:00

Part 1 of 4: Why Measuring Political Bias is So Hard, and How We Can Do It Anyway: The Media Bias Chart Horizontal Axis

Post One of a Four-Part Series The Media Bias Chart Horizontal Axis:   Part 1: Measuring Political Bias--Challenges to Existing Approaches and an Overview of a New Approach Many commentators on the Media Bias Chart have asked me (or argued with me about) why I placed a particular source in a particular spot on the ...Read more

Part 1 of 4: Why Measuring Political Bias is So Hard, and How We Can Do It Anyway: The Media Bias Chart Horizontal Axis2018-08-28T23:16:07+00:00

An Exercise for Bias Detection

A great exercise to train your bias-detecting skills is to check on a high volume of outlets –say, eight to ten--across the political spectrum in the 6-12 hours right after a big political story breaks. I did this right after the release of the Nunes memo on Friday, Feb 2. This particular story provided an ...Read more

An Exercise for Bias Detection2018-08-28T23:16:19+00:00
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