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 Flip Side Least Biased based on providing a balance of opinions without editorializing content. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to providing sources and counter-arguments from both left and right perspectives.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2017, The Flip Side is a website that produces a daily newsletter covering both left and right perspectives on news stories. According to their about page “The Flip Side is on a mission to help bridge the gap between liberals and conservatives.” They further state “It’s hard to convince liberals to watch Fox or conservatives to watch MSNBC. But if everyone takes 5 minutes a day to read The Flip Side, we’ll have a starting point when talking to our friends and neighbors.”
The current editors are Annafi Wahed and Jihan Varisco. You can view their masthead here.
Funded by / Ownership
The Flip Side does not clearly state ownership, though according to their about page they have a 2 person board. Revenue is derived through a Patreon account.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Flip Side produces a daily newsletter that focuses on one primary topic. They then break this news down into left and right columns that features summaries of Op-eds from media sources or writers who fall on either side. The Flip Side uses several third-party resources to determine bias such as Allsides, Pew, and Media Bias Fact Check.
The Flip Side does not produce original content or commentary but rather curates news from other sources. An example of a daily newsletter is as follows. On December 9th the news story of the day was “Impeachment.” The newsletter begins by providing snippets of the news from least biased sources such as the Associated Press and Reuters. Next, they provide columns called “From the Left” and “From the Right.” Below this column, they list a general left and right-wing perspective for the topic. In this case, they indicate that the Left is in favor of impeachment and the right is not. Finally, they publish snippets/summaries of op-eds and news reports from a wide variety of sources. For example on the Left, they use The Atlantic, Washington Post, LA Times, New York Times and the Guardian. On the Right, they utilize National Review, Washington Examiner, and Hot Air.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check. Although The Flip Side does utilize some sources that we have rated as Mixed factual or even Questionable, they provide both perspectives and do not editorialize the content. Therefore, they maintain a High factual rating.
Overall, we rate The Flip Side Least Biased based on providing a balance of opinions without editorializing content. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to providing sources and counter-arguments from both left and right perspectives. (D. Van Zandt 01/05/2020)