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 The Cook Political Report Least Biased based on a long track record of calling races based on known data. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1984, The Cook Political Report is an independent, non-partisan online newsletter/website that analyzes elections and campaigns for the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, Governor’s offices, and the American Presidency. Coverage of Senate and Gubernatorial races are headed up by Editor Jessica Taylor and coverage of House races are led by David Wasserman. Amy Walter serves as the national editor.
Funded by / Ownership
The Cook Political Reports is owned by its founder Charlie Cook, who was a one time pollster for Democratic campaigns. Revenue is derived through subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Cook Political Report analyzes elections and campaigns for the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, the Governor’s offices, and the Presidency. For example, they cover news stories that look at election dynamics such as this Here Are the Trump Battleground States That Harris Can Help Biden Retake. This story is sourced from NBC News. The website also provides projections for elections such as this for the House and this for the electoral college. All House and Senate contests are rated, regardless of competitiveness on a seven-point scale; Solid Democrat, Likely Democrat, Lean Democrat, Toss-Up, Lean Republican, Likely Republican, and Solid Republican.
The Cook Political Report is used by many mainstream media organizations as a reliable predictor of elections and trends. In general, they are factual as best as can be in the field of election prediction and generally low biased.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate The Cook Political Report Least Biased based on a long track record of calling races based on known data. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 10/16/2016) Updated (8/22/2020)