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    Media Bias Graphic

    https://www.allsides.com/media-bias/media-bias-ratings

    I recently switched my homepage news aggregate from Yahoo! (which has eliminated all comments from readers) to Allsides.

    I just wanted to share this graphic. I disagree with a couple of its conclusions, and am curious what others think. I'm not very familiar with some of those listed.

    bias chart.jpg

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    Looks about right to me.

    I don't see The Hill or Atlantic on there. Did I miss them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thoughtful Monk View Post
    Looks about right to me.

    I don't see The Hill or Atlantic on there. Did I miss them?
    The Hill is considered center, and The Atlantic is considered leaning left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thoughtful Monk View Post
    Looks about right to me.

    I don't see The Hill or Atlantic on there. Did I miss them?
    The Hill is in the center. The Atlantic is in the center-left column.

    I would place both CNN and The New York Times in the far left column.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronson View Post
    The Hill is in the center. The Atlantic is in the center-left column.

    I would place both CNN and The New York Times in the far left column.
    Yup, there they are. Cursed be my bifocals!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronson View Post
    The Hill is in the center. The Atlantic is in the center-left column.

    I would place both CNN and The New York Times in the far left column.
    I agree with you there especially NYT the far left has taken them over. where was this person who made this chart the last couple of weeks

    oh ands I'd say that Bloomberg at least leans left. not center.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RumTumTugger View Post
    I agree with you there especially NYT the far left has taken them over. where was this person who made this chart the last couple of weeks

    oh ands I'd say that Bloomberg at least leans left. not center.
    They have a funky way of determining left and right in the media, based on a questionnaire on that same page.

    It asks what the reader thinks are more important and less important subjects. I don't believe that is a true litmus test - especially when it came to foreign military engagements. It believes "right" is about being forceful with a strong military, and the "left" as being about diplomacy and working with allies (which I think is false). Anyway, both sides can consider foreign military ventures "more" important, just with different angles.

    Also, I believe the further left and right the media gets, the less honest it is. If a verified story is presented to them and it doesn't fit their narrative, they ignore it. It's dishonest.

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    Did Yahoo remove all comments on their "news" now? I usually skimmed through the article just to get to the comments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronson View Post
    https://www.allsides.com/media-bias/media-bias-ratings

    I recently switched my homepage news aggregate from Yahoo! (which has eliminated all comments from readers) to Allsides.

    I just wanted to share this graphic. I disagree with a couple of its conclusions, and am curious what others think. I'm not very familiar with some of those listed.

    bias chart.jpg
    It looks like any other attempt to objectively quantify a news source's political slant. I agree with some, disagree with others, but so what? They claim it's a "scientific analysis", but it's not. If it was scientific, then anybody using their methodology should be able to reproduce the same results, but this is impossible because it's entirely based on the opinions of whoever happens to be grading the various sources.

    I'm really not sure what the point of these "bias scales" is other than to give the weak-minded the confidence to reject a source based on what somebody else tells them to think about it.
    Some may call me foolish, and some may call me odd
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    Than a fool in the eyes of God


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Man View Post
    It looks like any other attempt to objectively quantify a news source's political slant. I agree with some, disagree with others, but so what? They claim it's a "scientific analysis", but it's not. If it was scientific, then anybody using their methodology should be able to reproduce the same results, but this is impossible because it's entirely based on the opinions of whoever happens to be grading the various sources.

    I'm really not sure what the point of these "bias scales" is other than to give the weak-minded the confidence to reject a source based on what somebody else tells them to think about it.
    What they do on their news page is have three vertical columns running down the page, with Left, Center, Right news sources based on the graph. They're trying to be unbiased, and I can't fault them for it. But I have zero interest in the extreme left positions, and almost zero interest in the extreme right. So I find myself reading down the center (which leans left, IMO).

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