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

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 in ...Read more

Chicago Tribune Bias and Reliability2020-07-08T06:57:09+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/balanced in terms ...Read more

Bloomberg News Bias and Reliability2020-07-08T05:08:12+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 is ...Read more

Houston Chronicle Bias and Reliability2020-07-08T05:31:50+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 is named after ...Read more

TMZ Bias and Reliability2020-07-08T04:59:50+00:00

Denver Post Bias and Reliability

Denver Post Bias and Reliability Overview The Denver Post is a daily newspaper and website published in the Denver, Colorado, area. Founded in 1892, it is now owned by Digital First Media. The website reaches 5.7 million people each month, and the print publication has an average daily circulation of 416,000. The Post has won nine ...Read more

Denver Post Bias and Reliability2020-07-08T05:48:04+00:00

Judicial Watch Bias and Reliability

Judicial Watch Bias and Reliability Overview Judicial Watch is a conservative educational foundation with the motto, "Because no one is above the law." The website features articles about its investigations into alleged misconduct by government officials and litigation to uncover instances of corruption. Judicial Watch was founded in 1994 and is based in Washington, D.C. The ...Read more

Judicial Watch Bias and Reliability2020-07-08T05:58:14+00:00

American Thinker Bias and Reliability

  American Thinker Bias and Reliability Overview American Thinker is a conservative daily online magazine that focuses on American politics, foreign policy, national security, Israel, economics, diplomacy, culture and military strategy. Founded in 2003 by Thomas Lifson, the publication lists "the right to exist and the survival of the State of Israel" as important to its ...Read more

American Thinker Bias and Reliability2020-07-08T06:03:15+00:00

FAIR.org Bias and Reliability

FAIR.org Bias and Reliability Overview FAIR.org (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting) is a national media watch group that focuses on criticism of media bias and censorship. Since 1986, FAIR has worked with both journalists and activists to "invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize ...Read more

FAIR.org Bias and Reliability2020-07-08T06:05:05+00:00

Real Clear Politics Bias and Reliability

Real Clear Politics Bias and Reliability Overview Real Clear Politics is a website that features staff-written analysis and commentary about news and policy issues. In addition, it shares selected political news stories and op-eds from various news publications. Founded in 2000, the site was created by two Chicago residents, Tom Bevan and John McIntyre, who wanted one ...Read more

Real Clear Politics Bias and Reliability2020-07-08T06:39:40+00:00

ABC News Bias and Reliability

ABC News Bias and Reliability Overview ABC News is the news division of the American Broadcasting Company, part of Walt Disney Television. Founded in 1945, it is headquartered in New York City. Its most popular news programs are Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, 20/20 and Nightline. Its website, abcnews.go.com, has recorded more than ...Read more

ABC News Bias and Reliability2020-06-14T17:51:49+00:00
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