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Detecting Bias

This is a tool to assist you in determining what bias or leanings a magazine or newspaper may have.

Caution

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  • The three websites below,  

AllSides Media Bias Chart,

Media Bias/Fact Check (MBFC) and 

Media Bias Chart by Vanessa Otero, 

are offered to help users see how various bias evaluating websites rate newspapers and media on the spectrum ranging from liberal, center to conservative. 

  • Each uses a different rating system which is explained at the website. 
  • These tools are not meant to substitute for personal, critical, informed analysis but rather to give the user a sense of the ratings and tools that are available and to encourage further analysis, such as what is offered on other pages of this LibGuide.

AllSides Media Bias Chart 2021

Media Bias/Fact Check (MBFC)

The pertinent part of the site looks like this. The arrow points to the useful search box on a very cluttered, ad-filled site, listed here with MANY RESERVATIONS (below). Click on the screen shot below or here to search.

screen shot Media Bias search box

Media Bias Chart by Vanessa Otero

https://www.adfontesmedia.com/interactive-media-bias-chart/#GOIMBCThe chart below was created by Vanessa Otero, a patent attorney, who delivered a webinar to librarians on Information Literacy. The license for usage of this chart in this LibGuide was granted in October 2018. Click on the chart below to go to an interactive and more recent version of Otero's Media Bias Chart. On version 5.0 (beta) users can search individual newspaper titles to see where they fall on the spectrum of liberal or conservative, based on Otero's/Ad Fontes Media's evaluation system.

Point of View (from Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Libraries)

The segment below is from Point of View: Points of View, a LibGuide created by Santa Rosa Junior College Libraries. (Permission to use has been requested)

Some publications have a specific, established and well known point of view. Use this list below as a general guideline to help you determine the nature of the material that you are reading.

TITLE POINT OF VIEW
America Liberal Roman Catholic
Animals Agenda Animal rights
Atlantic Monthly Moderate to slightly liberal
Audubon Environmentalist
Brookings Review Independent economics, moderate
CATO Journal Conservative
Christian Century Liberal Protestant
Christianity Today Conservative Protestant
Church and State Separation of church and state
Commentary Moderate to conservative Jewish
Commonweal Liberal Roman Catholic
Dissent Socialist
Economist Conservative British
Feminist Studies Cultural feminist
Foreign Affairs Balanced
Gender Issues International feminist
Greenpeace Environmentalist
Hastings Center Report Balanced bioethics
Human Events Radical right
Hypatia Feminist
Intercollegiate Review Conservative
Interpretation Conservative Protestant
Lilith Jewish feminist
Media Report to Women Media issues, feminist
Moment Jewish
Monthly Review Socialist
Ms. Feminist
Nation Liberal
National Review Conservative
New Republic Balanced
New Statesman Liberal British
Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom Anti-censorship
Newsweek Balanced
Progressive Liberal
Public Interest Conservative
Science and Society Marxist
Sierra Environmentalist
Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society Scholarly feminist
Time Moderate to liberal
Tikkun Liberal Jewish
U.S. News and World Report Moderate to conservative
Vital Speeches of the Day Conservative
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