Media Bias Chart Ranks Patribotics All The Way Left

Even though its author is a self-described conservative and the National Enquirer skews right (and its owner squashed a damaging Trump story)

One of the most fascinating types of comments I get are the ones insisting that one of the sources I have ranked in the bottom left of the Media Bias Chart, the Patribotics blog, […]

Media Bias Chart Ranks Patribotics All The Way Left2018-09-16T21:36:46-06:00

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 […]

Junk Food and Junk News: The Case for “Information Fitness”2019-03-27T15:26:12-06:00

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 […]

Part 2 of 4: Why Measuring Political Bias is So Hard, and How We Can Do It Anyway: The Media Bias Chart Horizontal Axis2018-08-28T23:15:53-06:00

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 […]

Part 1 of 4: Why Measuring Political Bias is So Hard, and How We Can Do It Anyway: The Media Bias Chart Horizontal Axis2018-08-28T23:16:07-06:00

An Exercise for Bias Detection

A great exercise to train your bias-detecting skills is to check on a high volume of outlets –say, eight to ten–across the political spectrum in the 6-12 hours right after a big political story breaks. I did this right after the release of the Nunes memo on Friday, Feb 2. This particular story provided an […]

An Exercise for Bias Detection2018-08-28T23:16:19-06:00

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. Perhaps […]

Media Bias Chart, 3.1 Minor Updates Based on Constructive Feedback2018-08-29T17:14:02-06:00

Observations on The Chart by Law Professor Maxwell Stearns of U. Maryland

Law professor Maxwell Stearns, who blogs about law, politics, and culture, recently published this post about the chart, which has several useful insights about 1) distilling the ranking criteria into sub-categories, 2) why the sources on the chart form a bell curve, 3) how the rankings might be made more scientifically. Give […]

Observations on The Chart by Law Professor Maxwell Stearns of U. Maryland2018-08-28T23:17:25-06:00

Everybody has an Opinion on CNN

I get the most feedback by far on CNN, and, in comparison to feedback on other sources on the chart, CNN is unusual because I get feedback that it should be moved in all the different directions (up, down, left, and right). Further, most people who give me feedback on other sources suggest that I […]

Everybody has an Opinion on CNN2018-08-28T23:17:33-06:00

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

Note: this is actually version 3.1 of The Chart. Learn more about the minor changes I made from version 3.0.

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 version […]
The Chart, Version 3.0: What, Exactly, Are We Reading?2021-03-23T22:03:00-06:00

Not “Fake News,” But Still Awful for Other Reasons:  Analysis of Two Examples from The Echo Chambers This Week

The term “fake news” is problematic for a number of reasons, one of which is that it is widely used to mean anything from “outright hoax” to “some information I do not like.” Therefore, I refrain from using the term to describe media sources at all.

Besides that, I refrain from discussing the term because I […]

Not “Fake News,” But Still Awful for Other Reasons:  Analysis of Two Examples from The Echo Chambers This Week2018-08-28T23:17:51-06:00