These are the most and least biased news outlets in the US, according to Americans

Screenshot/CNNThe CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta is a frequent target of President Donald Trump and his supporters’ attacks on the media.
  • A Gallup/Knight Foundation survey found that Americans think most of the news they consume is inaccurate and biased.
  • Republicans said they thought only Fox News and The Wall Street Journal were unbiased, while Democrats felt that way about most mainstream outlets.
  • Overall, survey respondents said PBS News and The Associated Press were the least biased outlets.

Americans believe that 62% of the news they consume on TV, in newspapers, and on the radio is biased, according to a survey from the Knight Foundation and Gallup.

Those surveyed said they believe that 44% of news reporting and 64% of news on social media is inaccurate. And they’re upset about it – more than 80% said they were angered or bothered by seeing biased information, and slightly more felt similarly about seeing inaccurate information.

In evaluating news outlets, respondents closely associated bias with inaccuracy. In their view, outlets they feel are biased are also inaccurate.

But perceptions of bias and inaccuracy differed based on the respondents’ political persuasions, particularly with regard to Fox News, Breitbart News, CNN, and MSNBC. Overall, the only two media organisations Republicans surveyed said weren’t biased were Fox News and The Wall Street Journal.

President Donald Trump often takes issue with outlets like CNN and The New York Times for publishing critical stories about his administration. In a tweetstorm on Thursday morning he described the media the “Enemy of the People!”

Survey respondents with different political views had different perceptions of the pervasiveness of bias in the news. For example, Democrats said they believe that just 44% of news on TV, in newspapers, and on the radio is biased, while Republicans said they believe 77% of it is biased.

Presented with a host of major news outlets, respondents ranked PBS News and The Associated Press as the least biased outlets, while Fox News and Breitbart News tied for being perceived as most biased. The survey was conducted from February 5 to March 11.

Here are the survey’s results for how biased respondents thought each news outlet was overall, ranked from most to least biased (a negative score indicates more people said the outlet was more biased than unbiased, while a positive score indicates more people thought the outlet was more unbiased than biased):


1. Fox News: -51 (tie)

Screenshot/Fox News

Polled as the most biased news organisation by respondents, Fox News earned a -87 bias score among Democrats and those who lean Democratic. But among Republicans and those who lean Republican, Fox News was polled as the least biased news organisation, with a +3.


1. Breitbart News: -51 (tie)

Breitbart News

Tied with Fox News, Breitbart News registered a -73 bias score among Democrats and those who lean Democratic. But unlike Fox News, Breitbart did not receive a positive bias score among Republicans and those who lean Republican. In fact, Breitbart earned a -19 rating from this group.


3. MSNBC: -37

MSNBC

Like Breitbart, MSNBC earned a negative bias rating from both Republicans and Democrats. But while Democrats and those who lean Democratic gave MSNBC a -1 bias rating, Republicans and those who lean Republican gave it a -85.


4. HuffPost: -32

Huff Post

HuffPost also scored negatively with both Democrats and Republicans. Republicans and those who lean Republican gave the outlet a -61 bias rating, while Democrats and those who lean Democratic scored it at -9.


5. CNN: -27

CNN

Among Republicans and those who lean Republican, CNN was considered the most biased news organisation, with a -87 bias rating. Meanwhile, Democrats and those who lean Democratic gave CNN a +29.


6. Mother Jones: -22

Mother Jones

Mother Jones scored negatively in terms of bias with both Republicans and Democrats. It had a -29 bias rating from Republicans and those who lean Republican and a -16 from Democrats and those who lean Democratic.


7. Vox: -12

Vox

Democrats and those who lean Democratic gave Vox a -5 bias score, and Republicans and those who lean Republican handed Vox a -16.


8. The New York Times: -11

The New York Times

The New York Times scored very well with Democrats and very poorly with Republicans. Democrats and those who lean Democratic handed The Times a +44 bias rating, but Republicans and those who lean Republican gave it a -74.


9. NBC News: -7 (tie)

NBC News

The two sides were split on NBC News too. Democrats and those who lean Democratic gave NBC News a +42 bias rating, while Republicans and those who lean Republican gave it a -64.


9. The Washington Post: -7 (tie)

The Washington Post

Tied with NBC News, The Washington Post shares the quality of being perceived as trustworthy by Democrats and untrustworthy by Republicans. Democrats and those who lean Democratic gave The Post a +40 rating, while Republicans and those who lean Republican gave it a -65.


11. ABC News: +4

ABC News

Democrats and those who lean Democratic rated ABC News as the third-least biased news organisation in the country, at +56. Meanwhile, Republicans and those who lean Republican scored ABC News at -60.


12. CBS News: +5 (tie)

CBS News

CBS News scored a +53 among Democrats and those who lean Democratic, while Republicans and those who lean Republican gave it a -58.


12. USA Today: +5 (tie)

USA Today

Tied with CBS News, USA Today also scored favourably with Democrats and unfavorably with Republicans. USA Today registered a -39 bias rating among Republicans and those who lean Republican, while Democrats and those who lean Democratic gave the media organisation a +36.


14. The Wall Street Journal: +10

WSJ

The Wall Street Journal was the only media organisation that both Democrats and Republicans rated favourably. The Journal got a +2 bias rating among Republicans and those who lean Republican and a +24 among Democrats and those who lean Democratic.


15. NPR: +12

NPR

NPR earned a +54 bias rating from Democrats and those who lean Democratic, while Republicans and those who lean Republican rated NPR at -43.


16. AP: +23

The Associated Press, which was voted the second-least biased media organisation overall by survey respondents, was also found to be the least biased news organisation by Democrats and those who lean Democratic gave the AP a +74 bias score. But Republicans and those who lean Republican handed the AP a -35.


17. PBS News: +31

PBS News

Polled as the least biased media organisation overall by survey respondents, PBS News was given the second-highest rating by Democrats and those who lean Democratic, with +70. But Republicans and those who lean Republican gave PBS a -22.


Here are the net bias scores of news organisations, from PBS News to Fox News:

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Source: Knight Foundation/Gallup


Here’s how Democrats ranked them, from the AP to Fox News:

Gallup/Knight Foundation

Source: Knight Foundation/Gallup


And here’s how Republicans ranked them, from Fox News to CNN:

Knight Foundation/Gallup

Source: Knight Foundation/Gallup

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