These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appeals to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate ABC News as Left-Center biased based on story selection and word choices that moderately favor the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a reasonable fact check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: TV Station
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1945, ABC News is the news division of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), owned by the Disney Media Networks division of The Walt Disney Company. Its flagship program is the daily evening newscast ABC World News Tonight with David Muir; other programs include the morning news-talk show Good Morning America, the newsmagazine series Nightline, Primetime and 20/20, and Sunday morning political affairs program This Week with George Stephanopoulos as well as a news website.
Funded by / Ownership
ABC News is owned by The Walt Disney Company and funded through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
ABC News is what some call a mainstream media source. They typically publish/report factual news that uses moderately loaded words in headlines such as this: At Montana rally, President Trump praises Greg Gianforte for body-slamming reporter. Story selection tends to favor the left through both wording and bias by omission, where they underreport some news stories that are favorable to the right. ABC always sources its information from credible sources that are either low biased or high for factual reporting.
A Pew Research Survey found that 37% of ABC News’ audience is consistently or primarily liberal, 41% Mixed, and 21% consistently or mostly conservative. This indicates that a more liberal audience prefers ABC. Further, a Reuters institute survey found that 48% of respondents trust their news coverage and 32% do not, ranking them #2 in trust among the major USA news providers.
Failed Fact Checks
On 10/14/2019, ABC News apologized and appropriately removed a fake Syria bombing video.
Overall, we rate ABC News as Left-Center biased based on story selection and word choices that moderately favor the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a reasonable fact check record. (5/18/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 09/29/2023)
Last Updated on September 29, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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