Does The Factual Have a Left-Leaning Bias?

Regular readers of The Factual’s daily newsletter may have noticed that left-leaning sources are ranked as the top-rated article on a topic more often than right-leaning sources. Does this suggest The Factual has a left-leaning bias?

While we’ve explored this issue twice before, this post explains why this pattern happens and how The Factual’s ratings and curation system delivers unbiased news.  The Factual algorithm automatically rates individual articles for credibility based on four factors: 

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The Worst Covid-19 News Sources of 2020

How does the Covid-19 virus work? Which preventative actions should I follow to keep loved ones safe? When will the pandemic end? These are the sorts of questions many people sought answers for over the last year, and journalists worked tirelessly to supply the truth. Last week, The Factual looked at which outlets produced the best, most well-researched journalism over 2020 — now we want to look at which news outlets didn’t so well.

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What Are the Most Credible Liberal News Sources?

When you hear left-leaning news, you may think CNN, The New York Times, or The Washington Post. While these large media sources produce a large volume of stories, are they actually the most credible left-leaning sources?

In an increasingly saturated and liberal-leaning news space, readers are faced with the challenge of cutting through the noise and simultaneously forming their own opinions. With over 320 left-leaning news outlets, parsing through that amount of information seems a nearly impossible task.

To make the search for credible news easier, we used our algorithm to find the highest-ranking liberal news sites, to follow up from our previous analysis of the highest-ranking conservative news sites.

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What Are the Best Nonpartisan News Sources?

The Factual helps people find unbiased news on trending topics. Our transparent rating system uncovers the most informative and least opinionated stories from hundreds of sources across the political spectrum. Sign up for our daily newsletter or download our app (Apple or Android) today!

In an increasingly polarized news space, we often seek the goldilocks zone of nonpartisan news. Some sources may strike us as too liberal, others as too conservative, while all we’re looking for is the perfect, middle-ground combination. If you’re here to find out what those sources may be, you’ve come to the right place.

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Is the Washington Post Liberal?

The Washington Post enjoys a reputation for being one of the nation’s most prominent newspapers. However, its reporting at times receives criticism for left-leaning bias and complications related to its ownership by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. This makes it worth asking two important questions: how reliable is the Washington Post and how biased is its coverage?

How Factual Is the Washington Post?

The Factual analyzed 785,000 news articles from 32 major news sources between January 1, 2020 and May 18, 2021. To be included, a news source must have published at least 5,000 articles over the time period, or at least 10 articles per day.

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Is Vox Reliable?

In 2014, Ezra Klein, today a columnist for the New York Times and formerly an editor for the Washington Post, created Vox as a place for “explanatory journalism.” The site produces a wide range of journalism but is subject to accusations of considerable liberal bias. This leads us to ask two important questions: how factual is Vox and how biased is it?

How Factual Is Vox?

The Factual analyzed 785,000 news articles from 32 major news sources between January 1, 2020 and May 18, 2021. To be included, a news source must have published at least 5,000 articles over the time period, or at least 10 articles per day.

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Is the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) Conservative?

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) is a great example of how political bias can vary within a news source. While WSJ’s news reporting is regarded as factual and centrist, its Opinion section has a reputation for a conservative skew. This leads us to ask two important questions: how factual is WSJ and how biased is it?

How Factual Is WSJ?

The Factual analyzed 785,000 news articles from 32 major news sources between January 1, 2020 and May 18, 2021. To be included, a news source must have published at least 5,000 articles over the time period, or at least 10 articles per day.

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Is Forbes Reliable?

Forbes is most famous for being one of the pre-eminent business-focused publications in the U.S. Its news coverage stretches beyond the business world to politics, science, and culture. However, it has been subject to criticism, both for highly variable quality and changes to its ownership. This leads to two important questions: how factual is Forbes and how biased is it?

How Factual Is Forbes?

The Factual analyzed 785,000 news articles from 32 major news sources between January 1, 2020 and May 18, 2021. To be included, a news source must have published at least 5,000 articles over the time period, or at least 10 articles per day.

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Best Covid-19 News Sources of 2020

Many have noted that the Covid-19 pandemic was accompanied by an “infodemic” — a flood of related news and information that played a large role in how different populations responded to the virus. Looking back at 2020, we can now see what a full year of Covid-19 coverage tells us, from who was publishing the most to who was publishing the best, most well-researched journalism.  

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What Are the Most Credible Conservative News Sources?

The Factual helps people find unbiased news on trending topics. Our transparent rating system uncovers the most informative and least opinionated stories from hundreds of sources across the political spectrum. Sign up for our daily newsletter or download our app (Apple or Android) today!

Out of the thousands of news outlets in the world, there are far more left-leaning than right-leaning news outlets. As the public increasingly looks for unbiased news and different perspectives to get the full story, many struggle to find reputable conservative sources. The average news reader can probably guess Fox News and Breitbart are right-leaning, but both, according to The Factual, have mediocre credibility ratings (56.5% and 54.5%, respectively). So, what are the best sources for credible conservative news? 

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