Why News Quality and Bias Matter to Advertisers and Brand Managers

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Since I wrote a more detailed version of this blog a year ago, much has changed. However, events like the pandemic, 2020 elections, and storming of the Capitol have only magnified the problem described below. Fortunately, since that time, it also seems that […]

Why News Quality and Bias Matter to Advertisers and Brand Managers2021-05-14T19:02:06-06:00

The Multiple-Analyst-Generated Media Bias Chart by Professor Maxwell Stearns

This post was written by Professor Maxwell Stearns, who is the Venable, Baetjer & Howard Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law and an Advisor to Ad Fontes Media. He’s a prolific legal scholar and has blogged about the Media Bias Chart twice before. He has written insightful theories about […]

The Multiple-Analyst-Generated Media Bias Chart by Professor Maxwell Stearns2021-03-31T12:25:15-06:00

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