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Engl 120, Fall 2021

Evaluating Information

Magazines, newspapers, and websites that cover politics or other controversial issues tend to have a point of view, even in their straight news reporting. Other sources focus on analysis of news or on editorializing. Both approaches will have a point of view and will sometimes be biased. For a comprehensive chart on the point of view of news-oriented sources see the All Sides Media Bias Chart. The list below should help you determine the point of view of some leading magazines newspapers, and news or current issue websites.

Magazines

Clearly left-of-center/progressive
Dissent
Mother Jones

Nation
New Statesman

Liberal

American Prospect
Atlantic
Bloomberg

Harpers
New Republic
New York Review of Books
New Yorker
Rolling Stone
Slate
Vox

Towards the middle

Economist

Conservative

Commentary
National Review
Reason

Spectator
Weekly Standard (ceased publication in 2018)

Other quality magazines; no clear political orientation

Chronicle of Higher Education
Columbia Journalism Review
Communications of the ACM

Discover

New Scientist

MIT Technology Review

Scientific American

Significance
Skeptical Inquirer

Times Literary Supplement (TLS)

 

Newspapers

Left
Guardian

Center-Left
New York Times
Washington Post

Center-Right
Wall Street Journal