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Evaluating Newspaper Articles

This image is a graph created by Vanessa Otero (Twitter user @vlotero) in 2016. I have tried to recreate it in a table format as closely as possible. The horizontal axis, represented here as the columns of the table, indicates partisan bias. The vertical axis, represented here by the rows, indicates journalistic quality. In the graph some of the titles cross boundaries between one level of partisan bias and another; this is represented in the table by listing the titles twice.

Table with examples evaluating newspapers based on the criteria of complexity of analysis and political leaning.


Liberal Utter Garbage/ Conspiracy Theories Hyper-Partisan Liberal (questionable journalistic value) Skews Liberal (but still reputable) Mainstream (minimal partisan bias) Skews Conservative (but still reputable) Hyper-Partisan Conservative (questionable journalistic value) Conservative Utter Garbage/ Conspiracy Theories
Complex     The Atlantic; Slate; The Guardian The Guardian; The Wall Street Journal Wall Street Journal; The Economist; The Fiscal Times; The Hill    
Analytical   Huffington Post Vox; MSNBC; Huffington Post NPR; BBC; Washington Post; New York Times      
Meets High Standards     Local newspaper in a liberal city NBC News; ABC News; CBS News; AP; Reuters Local newspaper in a conservative city; Fox News Fox News  
Basic AF David Wolfe            
Sensational or Clickbait Addicting Info; Natural News Occupy Democrats; U.S. Uncut   Local News TV; USA Today; CNN   Red State; The Blaze The Daily Caller; Breitbart; Info Wars

Newspapers that are "complex" and "analytical" that fall between "skews liberal" and "skews conservative" are labeled as "great in-depth sources of news". Items that are "analytical" and "meets high standards" and "mainstream" are labeled as "great sources of news". 

Titles that are "meets high standards" to "Basic AF" that are "hyper-partisan" in either political direction are labeled as "good for confirming your existing opinions, but bad for convincing others; be careful how much you hang out here". "Basic AF", but mainstream are "better than not reading news at all", while items that are "sensational or clickbait" with "garbage or conspiracy theories" in either political direction are labeled as "don't read this" and "Just no."