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 appeals 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 Yahoo News! Left-Center biased based on aggregation from more left-leaning sources and editorial content that slightly favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting (original content) due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1996, Yahoo! News is a news website that originated as an internet-based news aggregator by the search engine Yahoo!. Articles originally came from popular news services such as the Associated Press, Reuters, Fox News, and the BBC.
In 2011, Yahoo expanded its focus to include original content, and in 2012 the website had a correspondent in the White House press corps for the first time. As of January 2019, Yahoo! News ranked sixth among global news sites, ahead of Fox News and behind CNN, according to Alexa.
Funded by / Ownership
Several companies in its history have owned Yahoo, most recently being acquired by Apollo Global Management from Verizon in a deal said to be worth $5 billion. Yahoo generates revenue through advertising as well as an e-commerce shop.
Analysis / Bias
Yahoo News! is primarily a news aggregator; however, they do provide original content written by staff journalists. First, we will examine the sources used for aggregation. Yahoo News! breaks the news down to the following categories: US, World, Politics, Originals, and Health. Under US news, Yahoo News! aggregates content exclusively from Reuters. Under World News, they use a combination of Reuters, Associated Press, Christian Science Monitor, and AFP.
The Politics section consists of only original content written by Yahoo Staff, as does the Originals section. Under the Health tab, there are various sources used, with none of them being High Science. Most stories are derived from Self, Shape, and Men’s Health magazines. Finally, they list all the stories from all the categories under the News Home tab. On 03/04/2023, we reviewed the first 100 stories on the homepage and calculated percentages based on the sources’ bias. The results indicate Yahoo News! selects more left-leaning sources. See the charts below.
Yahoo’s original content found on the Politics page leans left in wording and story selection, such as this: Trump just a blowhard on windmills, lawmakers say of ‘idiotic’ comments. However, they will also publish information that is not favorable to Democrats, like this: Seven women have now accused Joe Biden of inappropriate touching. After reviewing dozens of original political news stories, more favor the left than the right. Further, original content is properly sourced to credible media outlets. Finally, a Reuters Institute survey found that 34% of respondents trust their news coverage and 35% do not, ranking them #12 in trust of the major USA news providers.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Yahoo News! Left-Center biased based on aggregation from more left-leaning sources and editorial content that slightly favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting (original content) due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (5/18/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 11/22/2023)
Last Updated on November 22, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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