Media Bias/Fact Check–Biased?

I recently became aware of a service called Media Bias/Fact Check which calls itself “The Most Comprehensive Media Bias Resource.” That sounds great–unless the resource itself is biased.

So I did a rather informal check of my own. I chose 12 news/information services I knew pretty well, including what I believe are their biases. I then checked the fact check service to see if their claims of bias matched my own perception. Below are the results.

Disclaimer: I worked for years as a journalist for a news service MB/FC says “is well sourced and factual in reporting with a right-center editorial bias.”  I also wrote for another service they say is “left-centered biased” for editorial content but “high for factual reporting (original content).” For both of them, I reported news but did not write news editorials.

While I checked 12, I’ll go into details on 5:

  1. The Washington Times: OK, so some of these are pretty easy; the news service’s masthead includes “Reliable Reporting. The Right Opinion.”  MB/FC and I both agree they have a right-center bias, some stories balanced while others lean strongly toward the right, and that they aren’t always very proficient at checking facts–not always “reliable reporting.”
  2. CNN: Again agreement; CNN has a bias towards the left. But what particularly impressed me was that MB/FC, to me, accurately pinned down how that bias is done, and that CNN does well on straight news.  “Overall, we rate CNN left biased based on story selection that often favors the left. We rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to misinformation and failed fact checks from guests and pundits. However, CNN’s straight news reporting would earn a High rating for factual reporting.”
  3. NPR: I really like National Public Radio which is perhaps one of the most accurate sources around.  But, unfortunately, I have to agree on the bias, even if very slight: “Overall, we rate NPR (National Public Radio) Left-Center Biased based on story selection that leans slightly left and Very High for factual reporting due to thorough sourcing and very accurate news reporting.”
  4. Christian Broadcasting Network: Yes, CBN is obviously biased to the right–except that they often present news that is pretty accurate and then “explain” that news in a highly biased fashion, and also freely mix up science and religion. Did MB/FC pick up on that? “Overall, we rate the Christian Broadcasting Network a right leaning promoter of conspiracy theories via Pat Robertson on the 700 Club. CBN News however, mostly reports accurate news that sometimes does not align with science.” Yes, they did.
  5. Christian Science Monitor: If any long-established news service (began in 1908) would have an obvious bias based on its name, this would be it. As Wikipedia describes it, Christian Science belongs to “the metaphysical family of new religious movements.” It took me literally years to, well, come to the same conclusion as did Media Bias/Fact Check: “Overall, we rate the Christian Science Monitor Least Biased based on balanced story selection and fair reporting coverage of both sides. Further, we rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check record.”

Media Bias/Fact Check is supported through Patreon. I’m going to support them right now.

The 12 I checked were The Washington Times, CNN, FOX News, NPR, BBC, Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, Christian Broadcasting Network, Yahoo News, The Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, and Snopes. I substantially agree with Media Bias/Fact Check on all of them. While I assume full responsibility for this blog post, thanks to Michael Lee Viviano and Sondra London for getting me thinking in the line that led to me finding MB/FC.

An opinion of an individual member of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily reflect the views of the whole family.

About Alden Loveshade

Alden is a philosopher, personist, writer, playwright, screenwriter, director, actor, poet, photographer, dumbek drummer, roleplayer, and educator. Worked for others and freelance as a journalist, investigator, columnist, reviewer, teacher, animal caregiver, photographer, and dishwasher. Claims e doesn’t care about money, but always needs more. Recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, Golden Key International Honor Society, the U. S. Jaycees, and groups of like ilk. They don’t necessarily like em, but they recognize em. Graduated summa cum laude from some university that apparently figured the best way to get rid of em was to graduate em. Alden has worked with Emmy, Oscar, Tony, and Pulitzer Prize Nominees and Winners but they never shared their awards! Alden has dual citizenship in the Principality of Sealand and the United States of America. His official title for Sealand is Lord Alden Loveshade. E thinks that makes em sound impressive.
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14 Responses to Media Bias/Fact Check–Biased?

  1. I just set up a monthly donation to support the site. I hope this will encourage others to do the same–getting accurate information in today’s Misinformation Age is extremely important.

  2. Dharma says:

    It is so hard to know what to believe anymore. Even the president preaches crazy conspiracy theories and lies more often than he tells the truth. I trust your site though!
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    • Thanks for that. To be fair, when I’m reporting as a news journalist, I try very hard to be truly “fair and balanced” as I did with this blog article. However, on many entries on this blog, I do show my bias. I think it’s fine to be biased–we all are–as long as we don’t claim we’re being “fair and balanced” when we aren’t.

    • Miley Spears says:

      He’s going on now about how everybody who believes the climate is changing is a dreamer. He said we need to get more fossil fuel so everybody in American can be rich, and nobody’s a greater environmentalist than him. How can people possibly believe him it’s just madness!

  3. Michael Viviano says:

    Whad I do?

  4. TGGR says:

    Your site is complete bulls**t. Nothing on it is true. Nothing.

    We aren’t afraid of certain words, but some search engines are, so the comment above have been edited. Please see our site’s posting policy. –TLF

  5. Miley Spears says:

    It is so hard finding the truth with so many lies going everywhere. At least somebody’s reliable!

  6. Jason24 says:

    I can’t believe you didn’t write about Fox News. They’re the worst ever.

  7. Tom T. Trucker says:

    You’re assuming a bias is bad. When something’s wrong, it’s wrong and should be said. But this site is useful I suppose.

  8. I received an email from Dave Van Zandt, Owner/Editor in Chief, Media Bias Fact Check LLC. While I won’t post the entire email, I will take the liberty of posting a selection:

    “Thank you for the excellent piece you wrote. It is reassuring to know that someone who has actually worked for these organizations feels our reviews are in the ball park.”

  9. Christian Andy says:

    Sometimes we need someone to explain to us what the news means. We aren’t all reporters. God uses wise people to guide us.

  10. Ivan Snow says:

    Fox News is the ONLY NEWS that TELLS THE TRUTH! You’re a bunch of LEFT WING FANATICS if don’ know that!

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