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 Biases sources.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 43/180
Notes: PolitiFact.com is a project operated by the Tampa Bay Times, in which reporters and editors from the Times and affiliated media outlets “fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups”. They publish original statements and their evaluations on the PolitiFact.com website, and assign each a “Truth-O-Meter” rating. The ratings range from “True” for completely accurate statements to “Pants on Fire” (from the taunt “Liar, liar, pants on fire”) for false and ridiculous claims. Politifact has been called left biased by right leaning and questionable sources. In fact, there is a source called Politifact Bias that is dedicated to pointing out Politifact’s biases.
In review, Politifact uses minimal loaded language in their articles and headlines. All information is well sourced to credible media and or direct statements from experts in the field or the politicians themselves. Fact Check selection leans slightly left as more right wing politicians are currently fact checked. This may be due to bias or the fact that Republicans currently control all branches of government and hence there is more to check. Overall, this update reveals a slight leftward shift in Politifact’s fact checking selection, but not enough to move them from the least biased category. Our rating scores are provided below:
Biased Wording = 1 (Politifact rarely uses biased words and headlines match the story)
Factual/Sourcing = 1 (Politifact sources everything, but will occasionally use a left or right biased source)
Story Choices = 3 (At this time Politifact’s story selection slightly favors the left)
Political Affiliation = 2 (Politifact is affiliated with the Left-Center rated Tampa Bay Times)
Total = 7
Average 7/4 = 1.75
1.75 = Left leaning Least biased (7/10/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 1/25/2018)
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