Finding the Truth

Tony Kim, Journalist

 

 In today’s world, the gap between truth and fake has only gotten less defined, with splitting-edge photo editing technology, and the fine-tuning of one of humanity’s most well-known trademarks, the power of the lie. Unreliable media outlets frequently trade unreliable information, and with so many lies circulating that it is hard to find the truth. However, there are just as many reliable sources, and this article will help you to establish this gap between reality and lies.

 

Media Bias Fact Check

Mediabiasfactcheck.com is a website created by Dave Van Zandt to monitor media bias, with a rating system going from Far left, neutral, to Far-right for what level of political bias the media source is on. To complicate things, –Media bias has been reported to be unreliable by multiple sources, but those sources have been reported to be unreliable, and the cycle continues. However, a biased source does not mean an unreliable source, and MediaBias remains to be a website that you can rely on, with a bit of skepticism, as should be the case with all sources.

 

The Economist

   Supposedly, The Economist is a reliable source that you, the reader can lean on for the truth. According to the words of Mediabiasfactcheck.com, they rate the Economist as “Least Biased based on balanced reporting and High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record.” With their words in mind, the Economist fits all the criteria for a neutral and trustable news source.

 

New York Times

Reaching the entire globe reliably, effectively, and quickly, the New York Times is often considered as one of the most reliable sources on the planet today, as well as a well-reputed newspaper that has a particularly high taste for quality. Of course, every newspaper has its faults, The New York Times is reported to be “biased based on word and story selection that moderately favors the left, but [is] highly factual and considered one of the most reliable sources for news information due to proper sourcing and well-respected journalists [and] editors.” It is undeniable that the New York Times supplies us with reliable fact-reporting, but leans slightly to the left.

The Guardian

   Despite being classified as left-leaning on the political spectrum, The Guardian is said to be the UK’s most trusted newspaper, –by the Guardian themselves. Many sources also claim that The Guardian is biased to the middle left, and there have been some conflicts about The Guardian’s political bias on the internet, but there is very little doubt that the Guardian is a fairly reliable source, on-par with many other sources, regardless of being left-wing.

Buzzfeed

 

   There is further controversy surrounding Buzzfeed than all of the other sources previously mentioned. According to Media bias, they “rate[d] Buzzfeed strongly Left-Center Biased due to story selection that tends to favor the left and Mixed for factual reporting based on poor sourcing and a few failed fact checks.” What this means is that Buzzfeed is 1) Not a reliable source at times, and 2) Strongly Biased. According to a poll consisting of 8,728 consumers, Marketwatch states that Buzzfeed is the second least reliable source, second to last with Occupy Democrats, and Breitbart. In response to this information, Buzzfeed representative Matt Mittenthal said “No one familiar with how polling works would consider this to be reliable or scientific.” 

 

Info Wars

   Founded by Alex Jones in 1999, most infamous for his words “putting chemicals in the water that turn the friggin’ frogs gay,” Past his many rememberable words and phrases is a ton of conflict, –but the question behind Info Wars’ reliability is rather mixed. To avoid any toxic disagreement in this article, it is simply best you check out these sources and make your own opinion, but feel free to look at other sites as well. https://www.debate.org/opinions/is-infowars-reliable https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20130225140705AADTGFb

https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/infowars-alex-jones/ 

 

Breitbart

   Upon investigating Breitbart’s reliability and bias, there have been multiple sources questioning Breitbart’s reliability and honesty with a general consensus that Breitbart is a heavily biased source, leaning extremely far to the right, with mixed factual reporting, according to mediabiasfactcheck.com. Quora, a question-and-answer website full of various intellectuals alike having gathered, also indecisively answered that Breitbart is not the reliable and neutral source it should be.

However, don’t let this all get you down, –like all media outlets, there is an exception, and many among Breitbart are reported to be accomplished writers, but many more are not. 

 

Conclusion

Amongst many inside the internet are lies, but many more, under those lies is the truth. Do not let this article be the end of your search for this, go out, research as we have done, and let your civil opinions bloom. There is an exception to every rule, every said fact and phrase, there will never be a conflict-free, bias-less, truly flawless thing, object, group, or anything in this world. This same thing applies to both Life itself and Journalism. As Winston Churchill once said, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” So travel halfway around the world, and find that truth.

 

Sources

Quora

Mediabiasfactcheck.com

Realorsatire.com

Ad Fontes Media

Marketwatch.com

Debate.org

JustFactsDaily

Politifact.com

And many more…

https://letsbereal202.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/is-buzzfeed-reliable/

https://www.allsides.com/news-source/guardian

https://www.quora.com/Why-is-The-New-York-Times-considered-a-reliable-source

https://www.adfontesmedia.com/new-york-times-bias-and-reliability/?v=402f03a963ba

https://www.politifactbias.com/2017/10/can-you-trust-what-media-biasfact-check.html

https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-guardian/

https://www.adfontesmedia.com/the-economist-bias-and-reliability/?v=402f03a963ba

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/these-are-the-most-and-the-least-trusted-news-sources-in-the-us-2017-08-03

https://pixabay.com/users/gdj-1086657/

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