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 using appeal 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 MSN News strongly Left-Center biased with the majority of stories coming from Left-Center sources. We also rate them High for factual reporting because the majority of sources used are credible media outlets.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
MSN is a web portal and related collection of Internet services and apps for Windows and mobile devices, provided by Microsoft and launched on August 24, 1995, the same release date as Windows 95. MSN aggregates news from a wide variety of mainstream sources. The MSN News homepage breaks news into categories such as World, US, Business, Politics, Local, etc.
Funded by / Ownership
MSN News is owned by Microsoft.
Analysis / Bias
Determining the bias of a news aggregator is different than from a single source that produces original content. The wording on MSN 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. To accomplish this we looked at what sources were being used in the categories US News and World News. Over the course of three days, we looked at the top 25 sources in each category for a total of 150 sources calculated. We then compared these sources to our bias ratings and calculated what percentage comes from each bias category. Overall, the majority of stories on MSN News come from Left-Center sources (51%) and 31% from Least Biased sources. Further, Right-Center sources only made up 1% of the news and Right biased 5%, while on the other hand, 12% of stories come from the Left Biased category. When looking at purely left-leaning vs right-leaning sources, the numbers favor the left. See the charts below:
It should be noted that we are not stating MSN is willfully biased, we are pointing out that the sources used to have a preference for the left according to our ratings. This could be due to how the algorithm works and also that there simply are more mainstream news media that leans left.
Overall, we rate MSN News strongly Left-Center biased with the majority of stories coming from Left-Center sources. We also rate them High for factual reporting because the majority of sources used are credible media outlets. (6/2/2017) Updated (D. Van Zandt 11/29/2018)