Major News Media Review: Political Bias and Reliability

Due to the difference between investigating methods and focuses, we could frequently observe slight variances in reports conducted by popular media. In this article, phrases such as “Skews liberal” or “Selective or Incomplete Story” implies a pervasive or widespread bias contravening the standards of the media, rather than the perspective of an individual journalist or article.

Detailed Review

News Agencies

A news agency is an organization that gathers news reports and sells them to newspapers, magazines, or radios and television broadcasters. Although there are many news agencies around the world, three global news agencies, Agence France-Presse (AFP), Associated Press (AP) and Reuters, cover all areas of information. All three provide objective news without conservative or liberal biases.

Agence France-Presse

Agence France-Presse (AFP) is an international news agency headquartered in Paris, France. Founded in 1835 as Agence Havas, it is the world’s oldest news agency.

  • Owned by: Established as a state-owned enterprise; Currently operating as a commercial business independent of the French government.
  • Content quality: Original Facts Reporting
  • Political Bias: Mainstream (minimal partisan bias)
  • Reliability: High
  • Subscribe: Website | Twitter

Associated Press

Founded in 1846, the Associated Press operates as a cooperative, unincorporated association for 170 years and won 53 Pulitzer Prizes.

The AP news report, distributed to its members and customers, is produced in English, Spanish and Arabic. Although its official website does not directly provide news reports to ordinary users, AP content is available on the agency’s app, AP News.

  • Owned by: Independent organization
  • Content quality: Original Facts Reporting
  • Political Bias: Mainstream (minimal partisan bias)
  • Reliability: High
  • Subscribe: Website | Twitter | App Store | Google Play

Reuters

In addition to gathering news, Reuters is superior in financial reports since it provides financial-related information to its terminals. Concretely, Reuters’ and Bloomberg’s terminals account for more than half of the market.

  • Owned by: Thomson Reuters Corporation
  • Content quality: Original Facts Reporting
  • Political Bias: Mainstream (minimal partisan bias)
  • Reliability: High
  • Subscribe: Website | Twitter | App Store | Google Play

Bloomberg News

Instead of sending to readers directly, content produced by Bloomberg News is disseminated through Bloomberg Terminals, Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Radio, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Markets, Bloomberg.com and Bloomberg’s mobile platforms.

  • Owned by: Bloomberg L.P.
  • Content quality: Original Facts Reporting
  • Political Bias: Mainstream (minimal partisan bias)
  • Reliability: High
  • Subscribe: Website | Twitter | App Store | Google Play

Broadcaster and Television

BBC

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster as well as the world’s oldest national broadcasting organization.

  • Owned by: Public funding
  • Content quality: Facts Reporting
  • Political Bias: Mainstream (minimal partisan bias)
  • Reliability: High
  • Subscribe: Website

NPR

The National Public Radio is an American privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization based in Washington, D.C. Established by an act of Congree, NPR produces and distributes news and cultural programming.

  • Owned by: Donated by non-profit or commercial organizations, government, and individuals.
  • Content quality: Facts Reporting
  • Political Bias: Mainstream (minimal partisan bias)
  • Reliability: High
  • Subscribe: Website | Podcast

PBS

The Public Broadcasting Service is an American public broadcaster and television program distributor. It is a nonprofit organization and the most prominent provider of educational television programming to public television stations in the United States.

  • Owned by: Donated by non-profit or commercial organizations, government, and individuals.
  • Content quality: Facts Reporting
  • Political Bias: Mainstream (minimal partisan bias)
  • Reliability: High
  • Subscribe: Website

Television Networks

ABC, CBS, and NBC

The Big Three television networks are the three major traditional commercial broadcast television networks in the United States: the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), CBS (formerly known as the Columbia Broadcasting System) and the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). Until the 1980s, the Big Three networks dominated American television.

  • Content quality: Facts Reporting
  • Political Bias: Mainstream (minimal partisan bias)
  • Reliability: High

CNN

CNN (Cable News Network) is an American news-based pay television channel.

  • Owned by: WarnerMedia
  • Content quality: Selective or Incomplete Story; Unfair persuasion
  • Political Bias: Skews liberal (but still reputable)
  • Reliability: Medium
  • Subscribe: Website

Newspapers and Magazines

The New York Times

The New York Times is an American newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence and readership. Founded in 1851, the paper has won 127 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other newspaper.

  • Owned by: Donated by non-profit or commercial organizations, government, and individuals.
  • Content quality: Fact reporting
  • Political Bias: Skews liberal (but still reputable)
  • Reliability: Relatively high
  • Subscribe: Website | App Store | Google Play

The Economists

The Economist is an English-language weekly magazine-format newspaper owned by the Economist Group and edited at offices in London.

  • Owned by: The Economist Group.
  • Content quality: Complex Analysis
  • Political Bias: Skews conservative (but still reputable)
  • Reliability: Relatively high
  • Subscribe: Website

The Washington Post

The Washington Post is a major American daily newspaper published in Washington, D.C. It has the largest circulation in the Washington metropolitan area.

  • Owned by: Jeff Bezos
  • Content quality: Fact reporting
  • Political Bias: Skews liberal (but still reputable)
  • Reliability: Relatively high
  • Subscribe: Website

The Guardian

The Guardian is a British daily newspaper founded in 1821 as The Manchester Guardian, and changed its name in 1959.

  • Owned by: The Scott Trust Limited
  • Content quality: Complex Analysis
  • Political Bias: Skews liberal (but still reputable)
  • Reliability: Relatively high
  • Subscribe: Website | App Store | Google Play

USA Today

USA Today is an internationally distributed American daily, middle-market newspaper that serves as the flagship publication of its owner, the Gannett Company. The newspaper has a generally centrist audience.

  • Owned by: Gannett
  • Content quality: Fact reporting
  • Political Bias: Mainstream (minimal partisan bias)
  • Reliability: Relatively high
  • Subscribe: Website

The New Yorker

The New Yorker is an American magazine featuring journalism, commentary, criticism, essays, fiction, satire, cartoons, and poetry. Started as a weekly in 1925, the magazine is now published 47 times annually, with five of these issues covering two-week spans.

  • Owned by: Advance Publications
  • Content quality: Complex Analysis
  • Political Bias: Skews liberal (but still reputable)
  • Reliability: Relatively high
  • Subscribe: Website

The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is a U.S. business-focused, English-language international daily newspaper based in New York City. The Journal, along with its Asian and European editions, is published six days a week by Dow Jones & Company, a division of News Corp.

  • Owned by: Dow Jones & Company
  • Content quality: Fact reporting
  • Political Bias: Skews conservative (but still reputable)
  • Reliability: Relatively high
  • Subscribe: Website

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