There has been a pretty interesting Media Bias Chart floating around over the past 6 months that, while useful, has some pretty serious issues with it – so we decided to do our own.
What we felt needed correction is the assumptions that:
– it is possible to be unbiased when reporting the news
– that ‘lack of bias’ equals ‘quality’
– that being centrist means you aren’t biased
– and the implicit horseshoe theory that both the left and right are essentially the same and completely unreasonable
Here is the original:
You will notice in ours that we believe that all political groups are ideologically biased, that ideology has a loose correlation to quality – but a very different kind, and that the left and the right are very different in the quality of their media landscape.
There are of course over-simplifications made here, and we regret not being able to fit more publications in – but at some point broad ideas and aesthetics are more important than detailed accuracy. So please forgive us.
The bubble on the top left, ‘nuanced left analysis’, is where LeftTimes aggregates from. We want to make it easier for people to discover and follow good left-wing sources. In particular, we want to offer a good mobile news reading experience which is currently completely absent on the far-left. Available on iOS and Android.