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 appealing 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 Apple News strongly Left-Center biased with the majority of stories coming from Left-Center sources. We also rate them Mostly Factual for reporting because some of the sources used have failed fact checks.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL Country: USA (44/180 Press Freedom) Media Type: App/Website Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Launched in 2015, Apple News is a news aggregator app developed by Apple. It presents a continuous flow of articles organized from numerous publishers and magazines available only on IOS and macOS. The app also has a subscription service called Apple News+ that gives access to 300+ magazines. They do not produce original content.
Apple News is owned by Apple, Inc., with revenue derived from subscription fees and advertising.
Analysis / Bias
Determining the bias of a news aggregator is different than from a single source that produces original content. The wording on Apple News comes from other sources, so we will not even look at that as a factor. The most logical way to determine the bias of a news aggregator is to look at the sources they use for their news content.
We reviewed 100 news articles calculating whether the source is Left, Left-Center, Least Biased, Right-Center, or Right Biased by comparing them to our bias ratings and calculating what percentage comes from each bias category. Overall, most stories on Apple News come from Left-Center sources (60%) and 20% from least biased sources. Further, Right-Center sources only made up 8% of the news and Right biased less than 4%, while on the other hand, 8% of stories come from the left-biased category. When looking at purely left-leaning vs. right-leaning sources, the numbers greatly favor the left. See the charts below:
Least Biased 20%
Out of the 100 articles reviewed, 12 came from sources we rate as factually mixed.
We are not stating Apple is willfully biased; we are pointing out that the sources used have a strong preference for the left according to our ratings. This could be due to how the algorithm works and more mainstream news media leans left.
Overall, we rate Apple News strongly Left-Center biased, with most stories coming from Left-Center sources. We also rate them Mostly Factual for reporting because some of the sources used have failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 07/04/2021)