Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Sunday, September 13, 2020

This is the Media Bias Chart, in its latest iteration.

It's a unique way of laying out the complex media landscape in two dimensions: reliability, on the vertical axis, and bias, on the horizontal axis.

People find it helpful because it's a useful taxonomy (i.e., system of classification) for discussing a complex subject. We also have a detailed methodology for how we place sources on the chart. There is a ton of information and background on this site, so please explore. We welcome your input and feedback!

The 4-minute video below provides an overview of what the Media Bias Chart is, where it came from, and what we will be doing to improve it in the future....


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An interactive chart is available on the cited site.


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CNN belongs just as far to the left as FOX is to the right.

#1 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2020-09-13 03:24 PM | Reply


I have a quibble here and there as well. But overall I think the chart is a pretty good view.

I also like that they lay out their analysis methodologies.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-09-13 04:28 PM | Reply

Good to see The Weather Channel right up there at the top.

#3 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-09-13 04:36 PM | Reply


That was a surprise, eh?

I guess the two or three minutes or so of news they broadcast each day is pretty good. :)

My surprise though, was newsy. Well, I wasn't really surprised as I've been watching their cable news for a couple of years. I noticed they were a bit on the amateur side at times, but they provided a solid newscast.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-09-13 04:52 PM | Reply

Interesting. The chart shows that the more biased a news source is, the less accurate/reliable it is. Propaganda isn't meant to be accurate, just feel that way.

I guess Facebook is in both the bottom right and left corners.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2020-09-13 07:32 PM | Reply

... And literally every source I read is in the most reliable box.

This is a great chart, at least from my perspective.

#6 | Posted by bocaink at 2020-09-14 01:36 PM | Reply

Why is OANN above Fox News on reliability?

Does OANN have a Chris Wallace?

Yeah, didn't think so. This chart is questionable.

#7 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-09-14 01:49 PM | Reply

Why is OANN above Fox News on reliability?

On the interactive chart
OANN is 25.47 for Reliability and 25.16 for Bias
Fox News is 26.07 for Reliability and 22.23 for Bias

My guess is when they are so close, they separate the logos for legibility. So they don't overlap each other.
But it does look like Fox News should be the one on top.
I was a little surprised NewsMax beats them both.

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-09-14 01:57 PM | Reply

I'm a bit surprised to see that a publication called Christianity Today is both centrist and factual. Also pretty surprised that Jacobin and Democracy Now are considered more factual than MSNBC.

#9 | Posted by madbomber at 2020-09-14 02:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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