Is the Daily Beast Biased? 

The Daily Beast is an American news website focused on delivering independent journalism across politics, pop culture, and power. Founded in 2008, the Daily Beast currently brings in a daily readership of over 1 million to their website, but it has been notably characterized as a “high-end tabloid” by their former editor-in-chief. So, how biased and reliable is the Daily Beast’s content?

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Is Breitbart Reliable?

Breitbart’s own biography describes maxims like the “free open exchange of ideas” and “unwavering commitment to America” as integral to its journalistic mission. Its monthly viewership of 23 million visitors is comparable to The Hill or twice the size of MSNBC’s audience. While Breitbart brags about its media presence across radio, web, and social media, its reporting leaves some readers wanting. Given the criticism of its 2016 news coverage and the subsequent cancellation by many major advertisers in 2017, The Factual asks: how biased and factual is Breitbart? 

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How Biased Is The Blaze?

Conservative political commentator Glenn Beck launched The Blaze as a commercial alternative to mainstream media outlets in August 2010. What originally started as an “online-only network” that featured Beck’s TV show has grown into a multimedia entertainment platform that hosts podcasts, radio programs, cable news, and the entertainment streaming service Blaze TV. However, its most unique feature is the ensemble of online conservative commentators paired with its internet-based network which attracts half-a-million subscribers, making this media business one of the most profitable in today’s conservative media ecosystem. Yet, critics would say this is at the cost of true journalism, leading The Factual to ask how biased and factual is The Blaze.

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The Best Unbiased Daily News Sources

From climate change to abortion to immigration to foreign policy, news articles can frequently move between objective and subjective analysis issues. For readers seeking rapid access to the facts, this can mean a constant battle to separate critical updates of substance from opinion-driven analysis. 

Opinion isn’t always a bad thing — often highly opinionated writing is also substantiated with evidence and solid reporting. But American readers have expressed interest in “unbiased” news and perceive partisan news to be a major issue. The Covid-19 pandemic has reinforced that it is exceptionally difficult to contend with twenty-first-century problems when we can’t even agree on the facts.

To answer the call, The Factual assessed over 240 English-language news sites to find the best, most unbiased daily news sources. By cross-referencing scores for credibility and bias, The Factual identified the following five sources as the best options for unbiased news — based on data, not politics.

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Is the Daily Mail Reliable?

The Daily Mail is the UK’s biggest newspaper by circulation and an internationally popular online tabloid and source of information. However, many criticize the paper as inaccurate and guilty of spreading disinformation, with an often right-leaning bias. The site has also come under fire for a variety of controversies, including accusations of homophobia, racism, and sexism. So, just how reliable is the Daily Mail?

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Are There Two Sides to Every Story?

When I was a young boy, I saw that my father read two or even three newspapers daily. When I asked him why he didn’t just read one paper, he said “You should never trust any one source to tell you the whole story.” His advice remains even more pertinent today given the proliferation of news sources and increasing polarization in the media. 

But people sometimes argue against this model, asking “what if one news outlet is telling the truth and the other isn’t?” Many noted journalists decry the idea of always needing to hear “both sides.” “Bothsidesism” is essentially the presentation of ideas as being of equal value without necessarily accounting for the strength of the associated arguments. So, are there always two sides to a news story?

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Is Ars Technica Biased?

Ars Technica — meaning “art of technology” — is the fitting name of a publication aimed at technology enthusiasts. A leading source for technology news, including technology policy, product launches, and the latest hardware and software, Ars Technica caters to a core readership, which they define as “Readers [who] have come to demand devotedness to accuracy and integrity, flanked by a willingness to leave each day’s meaningless, click-bait fodder by the wayside.” Given Ars Technica’s dedication to “accuracy and integrity,” The Factual asks: how factual are its articles and how biased is its content?

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Is Business Insider Reliable?

Business Insider has taken the business world by storm and has become one of the largest business news sites globally. The publication has expanded its reporting to include technology, finance, media, healthcare, and strategy. Business Insider generates revenue through advertising, subscriptions, and licensing, and as a digital-native platform, it uses engaging multimedia storytelling to convey news to modern audiences. Given the site’s ascendancy, The Factual asks how factual and biased is its news coverage?

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Is the New York Post Unbiased?

A Pace University survey in 2004 found the New York Post to be the city’s least-credible major news source. A tabloid-style paper, it has a reputation for sensationalized headlines, questionable journalistic practices, conservative bias, and influence from its ownership. Today, however, it remains the sixth most widely circulated newspaper in the country. So, how credible is the New York Post, and how biased is it?

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