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Just as everyone has a political bias, every media site has a bias. The only way to be completely neutral is to forego all participation altogether. After all, the moment you make any sort of political decision is the moment you establish your bias.

Now, let’s be clear: just because a media site is biased does not mean it’s disreputable! For example, The Wall Street Journal may skew right while The Atlantic may skew left, but both sites do their due diligence and produce high-quality articles that are worth reading. Having a slight political bias is perfectly normal.

The problem arises when a site is so driven by its bias that it begins to misrepresent reality, such as by distorting the opposition’s viewpoint or producing fake news and conspiracy theories What Is Fake News and How Does It Spread So Quickly? What Is Fake News and How Does It Spread So Quickly? Fake news is plaguing the internet and the worst part is that most people can't recognize it when they see it. Read More . This is what you want to avoid, and that’s where Media Bias Fact Check comes in.

Check the Political Bias of Any Media Site in This Massive Database media site political bias chart
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As of this writing, Media Bias Fact Check tracks and analyzes 1,000+ media sites to determine each one’s particular bent, then categorizes them as one of the following:

  • Left Bias
  • Left-Center Bias
  • Least Biased
  • Right-Center Bias
  • Right Bias

Other fringe categories include:

  • Pro-Science
  • Conspiracy-Pseudoscience
  • Questionable Sources
  • Satire

You can read about their methodology if you’re skeptical. If you don’t see a particular site being tracked, you can submit a source. If there’s a particular claim or article that doesn’t seem credible or true, you can submit a fact check request.

So the next time you come across an outlandish claim on Facebook or Twitter (which happens way more often than you’d think), double-check it with Media Bias Fact Check. It’s also one of the first sites you should run to when you want to avoid fake news during an unfolding crisis How to Quickly Avoid Fake News During an Unfolding Crisis How to Quickly Avoid Fake News During an Unfolding Crisis Next time there's a crisis, don't fall for any hype. Cut through the social scams and the lies to find the truth with these tips. Read More .

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  1. John Smith
    February 6, 2017 at 7:56 am

    And who checks the so-called fact checkers?
    They are all biased.
    Funny, how this so-called "Media Bias Fact Check" lists under 'questionable sources' ( which they link under fake-news) almost exclusively conservative sites including current and ex-congress members.
    Their 'least biased' section lists loony sites like activists and other garbage, a communist outlet, China apologist, Politifact, snopes and factcheck, and apologist sites for turk dicator, African genocidal maniacs, lists Daily Sabah, a turk apologist for a communist/left turks as right biased.
    Basically a garbage site and should be listed under satire.
    From experience, any site that puts 'fact check' in the name or promotes itself as a fact checker on politics/social issues, you are guaranteed to see militant leftists running it, with 0 credibility.

    • Kris
      February 22, 2017 at 3:45 am

      I agree pretty much with your comments. I am not familiar with all the sites but I KNOW SNOPES definitely leans very left.Have proved it over & over.Also Politifact & factcheck.

    • Debra
      March 13, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      So which media outlet is unbiased and accurate?

      • brian hodge
        April 29, 2017 at 11:38 am

        The only outlet in my experience, that can claim fair treatment with any credibility, is CSPAN. The center, being a much trickier place to stand upon, has a small chance of surviving in a media environment where news-sites act in the interest of either, chasing a desired demographic or an activist motivated viewpoint. Since CSPAN is funded by a sort of tax on cable companies as a cost of doing business inside a gov. mandated monopoly/trust, CSPAN is not as driven to bias as individual outlets. There is a certain sad irony in the fact, that CSPAN itself has a low number of viewers/listeners in comparison to the mass of companies both network and cable. This fact goes a long way to engender a view of the news audience, as more appreciative of biased news/entertainment, than strictly dry presentations of serious fact from either side of the spectrum. After the demise of the Fairness Doctrine, which had imposed a standard on the traditional networks before the cable revolution, and was by then being honored in name only, the news consuming public showed a decided interest in consuming facts or what became 'factoids', spun to them in a congenial direction. If the quality of truth suffered, we have only ourselves to look to, as the driving force in this outcome. As some cynic once opined "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people." Thus, we find the nominal ideal of fairness becoming a concern for virtue -signaling rather than an interest in the truth itself. It surely does not help the cause that the leading intellectuals on one side of the argument have deconstructed and relativized the rational basis for truth to the point where any feigned concern for the spirit of fairness amounts to a mere cover for the greater progressive project.

  2. Magic Man
    February 2, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    This site has Snopes and Politifact as least biased which is completely wrong. These two sites have shown their true left-leaning colors for quite some time.

    • Ole Olson
      February 8, 2017 at 8:16 am

      Politifact was far harsher on Bernie Sanders than any other candidate in terms of how nit-picky they would be a year ago, so they are not truly left-leaning. Politifact is also guilty of artificially imposing a False Balance to appear not to be biased. They judge progressives far more harshly than conservatives. Politifact regularly gives partially true to false statements by conservatives and Republicans and partially true to true statements by progressives and Democrats. For instance here with Bernie Sanders at http://www.politifact.com/personalities/bernie-s/statements/ they have rated the following True things as only partially true:

      •99 percent of all new income today (is) going to the top 1 percent.
      It IS True http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/28/upshot/gains-from-economic-recovery-still-limited-to-top-one-percent.html. It is only partially true if you use selective data after taxes paid and before any public assistance programs.

      •In this last election in November, ... 63 percent of the American people chose not to vote.
      Just 36.4 percent of eligible voters turned out in 2014 http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/2014-midterm-election-turnout-lowest-in-70-years/

      •From 2013-2015, the richest 14 Americans increased their net wealth by more than $157 billion, yet the Republican budget would not require these Americans to contribute one penny to deficit reduction.
      Name one single tax increase the Republicans have proposed that would require the richest 14 people in America to pay one penny more.

      •In 1952, the corporate income tax accounted for 33 percent of all federal tax revenue. Today, despite record-breaking profits, corporate taxes bring in less than 9 percent.
      To be fair: The share of taxes paid by corporations fell from 30% in the 1950's to 6% today http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/25/business/economy/25tax.html So the numbers were 3 points off, but probably even worse than what Sanders stated.

      •One out of four corporations doesn't pay a nickel in (federal income) taxes.
      Actually one out of THREE: Two Thirds US Corporations pay nothing in federal income tax: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/most-companies-pay-no-federal-income-tax/

      POLITIFACT rated the following things False, when they are actually at least partially true:
      •Bernie Sanders says ExxonMobil paid no taxes in 2009
      Exxon Mobile did pay nothing in US Federal Income Taxation for at least one year, along with G.E., Wells Fargo, Verizon, and many more big corporations: http://ctj.org/ctjreports/2011/06/twelve_corporations_pay_effective_tax_rate_of_negative_15_on_171_billion_in_profits_reap_624_billion.php

      •Americans now work the longest hours of any people around the world
      While that is admittedly not true, Americans do work more hours per year than most countries. 2013 data indicates we are the 11th worst on this list: http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DatasetCode=ANHRS We work 400 hours per year more than our friends in Germany.

      •U.S. doubles every other country in per capita health spending
      Again, while this is admittedly not true, the US does spend more than almost any country in the world on health care per capita according to the World Health Organization. http://gamapserver.who.int/gho/interactive_charts/health_financing/atlasi3.html?indicator=i3 We are slightly less than the expensive countries of Norway and Switzerland, and just ahead of tax shelters like Luxemborg and Monaco. Overall however, we spent $8900 per capita which is double the OECD average and many times the world average. Cuba for instance has health care quality on par with the US, but they only spent $558 dollars per capita.

      •Texas Republicans want to abolish Social Security, V.A. health care
      It’s right on the Texas Republican Party Platform to privatize both: http://www.tfn.org/site/DocServer/20...pdf?docID=3201 Turning strong public programs private IS abolishing them in their current form, regardless of what the privatized entity is called afterwards. Remember Republicans tried to put Social Security in the stock market under Bush too, which would have ended it. The same goes for the Republican quest to voucherize Medicare.

      And now to demonstrate they go soft on conservatives, they also put a Mostly True label on a completely FALSE statement by the right wing "Tax Foundation" that claimed the US has the highest corporation tax rate in the world. The EFFECTIVE corporate tax rate (what they really pay) is only about 12% http://money.cnn.com/2013/07/01/news/economy/corporate-tax-rate/

      Sanders Exaggerates Inequality
      http://www.factcheck.org/2015/05/sanders-exaggerates-inequality/
      Factcheck rates Bernie’s claim that “in America we now have more income and wealth inequality than any other major country on earth” as an exaggeration. Their premise mostly comes from their definition of what the term “major country” means. Usually “major” means an OECD country that is typically considered “First World” and “Developed”. This can of course be subjective, as Russia is not in that group, nor is Brazil, while Turkey and Chile are.

      The richest 10% own more wealth than the US in 6 countries (Russia, Turkey, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand). Out of those, only Turkey is an OECD country, and that definition is really nebulous as anyone that has ever been to Turkey can attest to. Outside of Istanbul and Ankara Turkey is about as developed as Afghanistan. When it comes to income inequality, there is more inequality in Chile and Turkey by the 2011 data: http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=IDD Another OECD report lists the US and Israel as the worst: http://www.oecd.org/social/in-it-together-why-less-inequality-benefits-all-9789264235120-en.htm

      Everything here hinges on how one chooses to define “major country”, and considering the US has the worst wealth and income inequality in what most people would consider to be “major countries”, I think Factcheck.org is splitting hairs here. Even if they did have a point that Turkey or Russia could be considered “major” countries, the point Bernie Sanders was making is still true: America has dangerous levels of wealth and income inquality where the richest 1% are consuming 99% of the recovery.

  3. Howard A Pearce
    February 2, 2017 at 11:57 am

    The first bias in the article and in the "fact checker" is depicting the political spectrum as left and right which fits in perfectly with the opening photo of democrat and republican.
    The above view is biased against anything other than a 2-party system and of course the left-right spectrum that tends to go with it.

    A very simple view shows the political spectrum is at least 2 dimensional with one axis being freedom of personal (personal liberties) association and the other being freedom of economic association (economic liberties). This view doesn't even consider foreign policy which might add a 3rd dimension.

    Finally MUD pushes off the website Media Bias Fact Check as in fact dpoing fact checking. How did MUD decide that ? Did they actually do an in depth examination of the site or did they simply assume that the fact checking is what the site really does simply because of the name the site calls itself?.

    That is certainly a tactic used by many propaganda sites themselves - not to mention used by government in naming their programs and bureaucracies - like the Affordable Care Act - affordable by definition, or Social Security - secure for your retirement by definition. Who could oppose security and affordability ?

    Want to be a fact checker - just call your site by that name and many people will believe you.

    • Jon
      February 2, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      Howard, could you please direct me to an unbiased fact-checking website that analyses other websites according to the political spectrum as you define it?

      • Howard A Pearce
        February 2, 2017 at 10:02 pm

        My point exactly!

        In the final analysis, much of what we ACCEPT as fact is validated by ourselves OR by sites/resources we ACCEPT as reporting the truth or as factual - neither which is foolproof

        Accept for closed systems with their own rules like math, almost all facts are merely ACCEPTED FACTS - not absolute facts.

        The pursuit by entities/news etc to determine for us what is FAKE or not is propaganda. It is merely their opinion of what is the fact.

    • Steven Smith
      April 11, 2017 at 3:37 am

      A better analysis is to assume bias based on locality.
      News organizations located in Washington D.C. will have a bias for that area's news while New York City for that metropolitan area's latest events.

      Humans are tribalistic (based on the function of oxytocin and brain chemistry) and will promote as positive the features of their local culture while demonizing other localities' culture.

      All news sites will push propaganda based on their authors' nationality, religion, local affiliations, language, etc.