These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources.
- Overall, we rate the Associated Press borderline Left-Center Biased due to left-leaning editorializing, but Least Biased on a whole due to balanced story selection. We also rate them Very-High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: VERY HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Inventor and publisher of The New York Sun, Moses Yale Beach started the Associated Press in 1846. The Associated Press (AP) was created by five New York newspapers. It is a multinational not-for-profit news agency headquartered in New York City and currently owned by its contributing newspapers, radio, and television stations in the United States. The Associated Press (AP) states its mission as “to inform the world” and describes its brief history as “In 1846, five New York City newspapers funded a pony express route through Alabama to bring news of the Mexican War north faster than the U.S. Post Office could deliver it. And The Associated Press was born.”
The evolution of relations between the world news agencies (Reuters, AFP, Associated Press) can be read here. Steven R. Swartz is Chairman of the AP, as well as President & CEO of Hearst, and Gary B. Pruitt is the President and CEO of the Associated Press. Here is the complete list of AP Board of Directors and the management committee.
Funded by / Ownership
The Associated Press (AP) is a nonprofit news cooperative that had a profit of $1.6 million in 2016. The AP is owned by its contributing newspapers, radio and television stations in the United States, all of which contribute stories to the AP and use material written by its staff journalists. It also sells content to other media organizations. According to an article titled “AP reports loss on one-time accounting charges” the Associated Press lost $74 million in 2017 and it states the reason as “mostly due to one-time accounting charges related to the federal tax overhaul passed late last year.” AP’s Chief Financial Officer is Ken Dale.
Analysis / Bias
In their political coverage, AP utilizes moderate loaded language in their headlines such as “AP Exclusive: Before Trump job, Manafort worked to aid Putin.” However, the articles are always well-sourced. When it comes to their economic coverage they maintain neutral language and least biased coverage: “US-China tariffs: What’s behind them, who stands to be hurt?” The AP also publishes well researched and sourced articles such as “Science Says: How family separation may affect kids’ brains”, utilizing pro-science sources such as American Academy of Pediatrics.
When it comes to reporting on the Trump administration the Associated Press usually maintains a neutral voice, however, in some articles the author demonstrates bias through loaded emotional language such as this: “PUSHED Ukrainian officials to investigate BASELESS corruption allegations against the Bidens”. While this statement is factual, the use of the words “Pushed” and “Baseless” convey negative emotions toward Rudy Giuliani. In general, the Associated Press publishes low biased, highly factual news and in some cases left-biased editorializing by their authors.
Overall, we rate the Associated Press borderline Left-Center Biased due to left-leaning editorializing, but Least Biased on a whole due to balanced story selection. We also rate them Very-High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (7/6/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 4/23/2020)