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Resources Consulted  

Otero, Vanessa. “The Reasoning and Methodology Behind the Chart.” All Generalizations are False.  19 Dec. 2016,

Media Bias Fact Check (MBFC News)

This independent online media outlet classifies news sources into five categories: least biased, left-center bias, right-center bias, left bias and right bias.  At Search Sources, type in a news publication, e.g. CNN, to learn more about its reporting and bias.  MBFC explains how it determines bias in its Methodology section.


This is an interactive news and educational site with a bias rating system intended to help news consumers see and understand different perspectives.  Under News, view a current news topic with reporting from center, left and right leaning news sources.  AllSides also classifies news sources into categories: center, lean left bias, lean right bias, left bias and right bias. AllSides determines its bias ratings through blind surveys, third party data, and community feedback.


Wikipedia provides background information on many news sources.  After finding a Wikipedia entry about a specific source, e.g. The Washington Post, look for sections on the history, political stance or controversies associated with the news source.  It is also helpful to look at the linked references cited at the bottom of the entry.

“About” the Source

A new source’s own site or publication often offers an About section.  Visit this section for information about the publication and the perspective it brings.  Some news sources may be forthcoming about their focus and intent.

Resources Consulted  

Barthel, Michael, Amy Mitchell, and Jesse Holcomb. "Many Americans Believe Fake News is Sowing Confusion." Pew Research Center's Journalism Project, 15 December 2016,

Gallup Organization. Gallup Poll, Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, iPoll, USGALLUP.092815.R14, Roper Center for Public Opinion Research – iPoll, Sept. 2015, Ithaca, NY.

---. Gallup Poll, Cornell University, Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, iPoll, USGALLUP.091416.R13, Roper Center for Public Opinion Research – iPoll, Sept. 2016, Ithaca, NY.

Isaac, Mike, and Sydney Ember. "Shocker! Facebook Changes its Algorithm to Avoid ‘Clickbait’." The New York Times, 4 August 2016,

Martin, Tom. "Post-Truth Or Post-Trust?" Under Main

Mitchell, Amy, et al. The Modern News Consumer, Pew Research Center, 2016.

Resources Consulted

The Daily Caller

“About Us.” The Daily Caller, Accessed 17 Feb. 2017.                                          

Byers, Dylan. “Fishbowl’s Betsy Rothstein to Daily Caller.” Politico, 7 Nov. 2013, Accessed 17 Feb. 2017.

Calderon, Michael. “Daily Caller Joins W.H. Pool.” Politico, 1 Feb. 2010, Accessed 17 Feb. 2017.

“Daily Caller.” Media Bias Fact Check, 19 July 2016, Accessed 17 Feb. 2017.

“The Daily Caller.” Wikipedia, Accessed 17 Feb. 2017.

Meares, Joel. “The Great Right Hype: Tucker Carlson and his Daily Caller.” Columbia Journalism Review, 2011 July/Aug., Accessed 17 Feb. 2017.

Drudge Report

The Drudge Report. “Newsweek Kills Story on White House Intern.” The Drudge Report. 17 Jan 1998.

Borchers, Callum. “Danney Williams is not Bill Clinton’s Son, No Matter What Matt Drudge Tells You.” The Washington Post 16 Oct 2016.

Swift, Tim. “Clinton Health Myth: From Twitter Theories to a Trump Speech.” BBC News. 19 Aug 2016.

Fox News

 "Fox News." 12 Feb. 2017,

Holcomb, Jesse. 5 Facts about Fox News, Pew Research Center, 2014.

Mitchell, Amy, et al. Media Sources: Distinct Favorites Emerge on the Left and Right, Pew Research Center, 2014.

Huffington Post

James, Brendan. “Unpaid Huffington Post Bloggers Actually Do Want to Get Paid.” International Business Times. 18 Feb 2016. Http://

Cohan, William D. “The Inside Story of Why Arianna Huffington Left the Huffington Post.” Vanity Fair Website. 8 Sept 2016.

New York Times

Encyclopedia Britannica Editors. “The New York Times.” Encyclopedia Britannica. 21 April 2015.

New York Times Company. “Our History.” New York Times Company Website 17 Feb 2017.

New York Times. “Pentagon Papers.” 17 Feb 2017.

Occupy Democrats

Occupy Democrats Profile. Facebook, 17 Feb 2017.

Occupy Democrats Web Page. 17 Feb 2017.

Politifact. “All statements involving Occupy Democrats.” 17 Feb 2017.

Ricke, LaChrystal. "Occupy Movement." Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics, Kerric Harvey, ed. CQ Press, 2014. Credo Reference, Accessed 15 Feb 2017.

Jarvis, Jeff. “From Media to Memes: Lessons from Occupy Democrats.” The Huffington Post. 6 Aug 2016.

Orange County Register

"Photography Staff of the Register, Santa Ana, CA.",

"Todd Harmonson Named Senior Editor of the Orange County Register." The Orange County Register, 6 May 2016,

USA Today

“About Us.” USA Today, Accessed 17 Feb. 2017.

“Daily Source Check: USA Today.” Media Bias Fact Check, 22 Aug. 2016, Accessed 17 Feb. 2017.

Garcia, Mario R. “USA Today Turns 30: Part 1.” Garciamedia, 9 Sept. 2012, looking_into_the_attic_for_those_early_sketches. Accessed 17 Feb. 2017.

“USA Today.” Wikipedia, Accessed 17 Feb. 2017.

U.S. Uncut

Kilkenny, Allison. "Meet US Uncut." The Nation, 17 March 2011,

Kilkenny, Allison. "US Uncut Adds Verizon and FedEx to its Target List." The Nation, 18 March 2011,

Levine, Art. “US Uncut Spreads Spirit of Madison: 50 Protests Saturday Over Budget Cuts, Corporate Tax Dodgers.” Huffington Post, 25 Feb. 2011.

"US Uncut."14 Feb. 2017,


“About.” Vox Media, Accessed 17 Feb. 2017.

Ingram, Matthew. “Three Good Things About Ezra Klein’s New Site Vox, Plus Three Challenges that it Faces.” Gigaom, 7 April 2014, Accessed 17 Feb. 2017.

“Vox.” Media Bias Fact Check, 15 May 2016, Accessed 17 Feb. 2017.

“Vox.” Vox Media, Accessed 17 Feb. 2017.

“Vox (website).” Wikipedia, Accessed 17 Feb. 2017.

The Wall Street Journal

“About.” Dow Jones, Accessed 17 Feb. 2017.

“Daily Source Check: Wall Street Journal.” Media Bias Fact Check, 26 Aug. 2016, Accessed 17 Feb. 2017.

“Staff of the Wall Street Journal.” Pulitzer, 2002, Accessed 17 Feb. 2017.

“USA Today, WSJ, and NYT are Top Three Papers in Circulation.” USA Today, 28 Oct. 2014, Accessed 17 Feb. 2017.

“The Wall Street Journal.” Wikipedia,

Accessed 17 Feb. 2017.

“The Wall Street Journal Staff.” Pulitzer, 2015, Accessed 17 Feb. 2017.

The Washington Post

Farhi, Paul. "Washington Post Closes Sale to Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos."  1 Oct. 2013,

"The Washington Post." 16 Feb. 2017,