Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: USA (45/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1983 as Control Video Corporation and later America Online (AOL), is a web portal and online service provider. AOL.com features aggregated, curated, and original news reporting.
Funded by / Ownership
AOL has been owned by several companies in its history, most recently being acquired by Verizon Media through a company called Oath. Verizon Media also includes Yahoo, Tumblr, and TechCrunch. Revenue is derived through advertising and sponsored content.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the majority of AOL’s news content is curated from other sources. The most common sources cited in the articles I reviewed were Business Insider (Left-Center), Reuters (Least Biased), AP (Least Biased), and ABC News (Left-Center). I rate their curated content to be low biased, with minimal loaded words, and appropriately sourced. On the other hand, AOL produces its own news content that has a more editorial tone. The AOL-produced content uses moderate loaded words and tends to favor the left in most stories. The articles are typically sourced from mostly left-center sources, and for the most part, are rooted in fact. Based on their editorial type content we rate them moderate left-center and factually based.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate AOL News Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 4/2/2017) Updated (3/17/2021)