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. See all Least Biased sources.
- Overall, we rate C-Span Least Biased and Very-High for factual reporting based on unfiltered coverage of congress.
Factual Reporting: VERY HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Launched in 1979, C-SPAN offers live unfiltered access to congress and straightforward government news. C-Span also offers a morning call-in talk show called Washington Journal, that discusses government and political issues. The C-SPAN network includes three television channels (C-SPAN, C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3), one radio station (WCSP-FM) and a group of websites that provide streaming media and archives of C-SPAN programs.
According to the website the mission is to “provide C-SPAN’s audience access to the live gavel-to-gavel proceedings of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and to other forums where public policy is discussed, debated and decided––all without editing, commentary or analysis and with a balanced presentation of points of view.”
Funded by / Ownership
C-SPAN is a private, nonprofit organization owned by the National Cable Satellite Corporation, “funded by a 6¢ per subscriber affiliate fee paid by its cable and satellite affiliates, and does not have advertisements on any of its networks, radio stations, or websites, nor does it ever solicit donations or pledges. The network operates independently, and neither the cable industry nor Congress has control of the content of its programming.”
Analysis / Bias
In review, C-SPAN programming is quite literally a camera pointed at congressional events. Headlines on the website use straightforward, non-biased language such as this: Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Testifies on President’s 2020 Budget Request. The website also provides video clips and transcripts from the morning call-in show, Washington Journal, which we have rated as Least Biased. In general, C-SPAN is unfiltered and minimally biased.
A factual search reveals they have never failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate C-SPAN Least Biased and Very-High for factual reporting based on unfiltered coverage of congress. (6/6/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 3/14/2019)