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

Media Bias Chart, 3.1 Minor Updates Based on Constructive Feedback

So why is it time for another update to the Media Bias Chart? I’m a strong believer in changing one’s mind based on new information. That’s how we learn anyway, and I wish people would do it more often. I think it would lead to nicer online discussions and less polarization in our politics. ...Read more

Media Bias Chart, 3.1 Minor Updates Based on Constructive Feedback2018-08-29T17:14:02+00:00

The Chart, Version 3.0: What, Exactly, Are We Reading?

Note: this is actually version 3.1 of The Chart. I made some minor changes from version 3.0, explained here: https://www.adfontesmedia.com/chart-3-1-minor-updates-based-constructive-feedback/ Summary: What’s new in this chart: I edited the categories on the vertical axis to more accurately describe the contents of the news sources ranked therein (long discussion below). I stuffed as many sources (from both ...Read more

The Chart, Version 3.0: What, Exactly, Are We Reading?2018-08-29T17:09:24+00:00

About the Interactive Media Bias Chart

This Interactive Media Bias Chart® is a data visualization that displays measures, generated by analysts and staff of Ad Fontes Media, of news (and “news-like”) articles and sources. It reflects our most up-to-date ratings of all our rated articles and shows over time. We also frequently publish static versions of the Media Bias Chart®, ...Read more

About the Interactive Media Bias Chart2020-09-01T05:23:39+00:00

Breitbart Bias and Reliability

Breitbart Bias and Reliability Overview Breitbart News is an international news company launched in 2007 by conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart and Larry Solov. In 2017, its former executive director, Stephen Bannon, left to work in the Trump administration. The website records more than 74 million visits each month. Ad Fontes Media rates Breitbart News ...Read more

Breitbart Bias and Reliability2020-11-13T04:45:23+00:00

ZeroHedge Bias and Reliability

ZeroHedge Bias and Reliability Overview ZeroHedge is an online financial blog and aggregator of news and political commentary. Original content is posted anonymously under the pseudonym Tyler Durden. It was created in 2009 by Daniel Ivandjiiski, a Bulgarian former investment banker in the U.S. ZeroHedge has been accused of spreading conspiracy theories and was temporarily ...Read more

ZeroHedge Bias and Reliability2020-11-14T06:44:48+00:00

The Bulwark Bias and Reliability

The Bulwark Bias and Reliability Overview The Bulwark is a news and opinion website created in 2018 after The Weekly Standard political magazine ceased publishing. It was founded by conservative commentators Charlie Sykes and Bill Kristol. The staff is made up of several editors and reporters from The Weekly Standard. The Bulwark is a project ...Read more

The Bulwark Bias and Reliability2020-11-13T06:03:24+00:00

Real News Network Bias and Reliability

Real News Network Bias and Reliability Overview The Real News Network is a nonprofit news organization that focuses its news and documentary format on topics related to the climate change crisis, in addition to other social and economic concerns. Its motto is “The Future Depends on Knowing.” Founded in 2007, The Real News Network has ...Read more

Real News Network Bias and Reliability2020-11-13T05:40:14+00:00

FiveThirtyEight Bias and Reliability

FiveThirtyEight Bias and Reliability Overview FiveThirtyEight is a website created by analyst Nate Silver that features poll analysis, politics, science and sports blogging. Its name refers to the number of electors in the U.S. electoral college. Founded in 2008, it was transferred in 2018 from ESPN Inc. to ABC news, which is owned by Walt ...Read more

FiveThirtyEight Bias and Reliability2020-11-13T05:59:20+00:00

Chicago Tribune Bias and Reliability

Chicago Tribune Bias and Reliability Overview The Chicago Tribune is a daily newspaper and the largest news organization in the Midwest, with a focus on the Chicago, IL, area. Founded in 1847, it is owned by Tribune Publishing and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 1976, 2008, and for Explanatory Reporting ...Read more

Chicago Tribune Bias and Reliability2020-11-13T05:53:22+00:00

Bloomberg News Bias and Reliability

Bloomberg News Bias and Reliability Overview Bloomberg News is an international news agency founded by Michael Bloomberg and Matthew Winkler in 1990. Originally focused on business news, the agency now covers a variety of topics, with headquarters in New York City, London and Hong Kong. Ad Fontes Media rates Bloomberg News as neutral in ...Read more

Bloomberg News Bias and Reliability2020-11-13T05:51:14+00:00

Houston Chronicle Bias and Reliability

Houston Chronicle Bias and Reliability Overview The Houston Chronicle is a daily newspaper founded in 1901 based in Houston, Texas. The print publication has 825,000 daily readers, with 1.4 million on Sundays. Its websites -- a free site and one available only with a subscription -- reach 15 million people each month. The Chronicle ...Read more

Houston Chronicle Bias and Reliability2020-11-13T05:12:01+00:00

TMZ Bias and Reliability

TMZ Bias and Reliability Overview TMZ (Thirty Mile Zone) is a website focusing on entertainment news. It is known for featuring celebrity gossip, interviews, videos and photos. Launched in 2005, the site was originally part of Warner Bros. but now is owned by Warner Media, a division of AT&T. Based in Los Angeles, TMZ ...Read more

TMZ Bias and Reliability2020-11-14T06:30:03+00:00
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