Eventually, I would like to remove myself as the sole rater and arbiter of sources on this chart by using other people with different political beliefs and published sets of quantitative measures to come up with rankings. I envision a system where individual article ratings may be crowd-sourced by trained raters (with different political beliefs) on a uniform rubric. Until that time, though, it is only fair to make known my own political biases so that others may evaluate how that impacts my ratings.
As I have said in other parts of this blog, I consider myself moderately liberal, but with a good understanding and appreciation of conservative positions. Some people think that means that the sources I placed on the chart should all be shifted over to the left one column. If so, that’s fine—you can mentally shift them all over to the left and continue to use the chart that way.
However, I think that because I recognize myself as moderately liberal, I can sort of place myself in the “skew liberal” section of the chart, and look at the “neutral” sources and recognize “those frame the issues to the right of how I would frame them,” and look at MSNBC and other “hyper-partisan liberal” sources and recognize “those frame the issues to the left of how I would frame them.”
Either way, I think you can fairly interpret my moderately liberal bias to mean that the sources are either placed one column too rightward because I don’t adequately account for my bias, or they are placed correctly because I do adequately account for my bias. I don’t think my bias means that you should discard the entire concept of the chart, which is relative placement of news sources in comparison to each other.
In the interest of full disclosure, I will now more specifically describe how exactly moderately liberal I am. It’s quite self-centered and self-indulgent to just write about one’s own political beliefs, so feel free to not read this. A lot of people have asked though, so here we go:
Experiences and identities that inform my liberal perspective:
I’m a registered Democrat. My parents are immigrants from the Philippines (and U.S. citizens). I was born and raised in liberal Southern California. I have voted for the Democratic candidate for president in every election I have been eligible to vote. My dad has always been a progressive and he was the one who talked to me about politics when I was young. I went to UCLA. I’m just barely a millennial (born in 1981). I’m a woman. I’m a lesbian.
Experiences and identities that moderate my liberality and give me an understanding of conservative viewpoints:
My dad was in the Navy. I have lived in Colorado, a swing state, for 10 years. I voted for Hillary, not Obama, in their primary, and Hillary, not Bernie, in their primary. I was in business-to-business sales and pharmaceutical sales for six years. I did network marketing for a real estate seminar company for four years. The sales, network marketing, and real estate investor crowds run quite conservative; the pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps, don’t make excuses, you-can-achieve-success-if-you-try ethic is strong with this group. I’m currently a patent lawyer, which puts me in an upper-middle class income level. My clients are entrepreneurs and established businesses; capitalism is good for me personally. I’m married and my wife owns a small business—a restaurant. I don’t unfriend my conservative Facebook friends. I understand that no matter how fortunate or successful a person is, no one likes being called names or being accused of having bad intentions, so I really do my best to not do those things to people with whom I disagree.
I wrote this overview about my political outlook in my first post about my chart, which I think provides a decent summary:
I submit that a first way to evaluate your partisan bias is to categorize yourself on a number of political issues upon which there is consensus of what constitutes left, right, and center. Therefore, I started by evaluating my own views on what I think is “correct” and “true” on the issues of civil rights, taxes, business regulation, and the role of government in general. I am pretty adamant about civil rights and equality for all, especially for people of color, women, immigrants, and the LGBTQ community. I believe that places me in a somewhat left-of center category. On taxes and business regulation, I believe that neither “the government” nor “corporations” are all good or all bad. On the whole, I believe government does good things about 70-90% of the time and messes things up 10-30% of the time. I believe corporations do good things about 70-90% of the time and mess things up 10-30% of the time. As a result, I fall quite squarely in the middle, ideologically, on issues of taxes, business regulation, and the role of government.
Hopefully that answers your questions—I’m not running for office so I don’t think it necessary to include a platform of my position on every issue. If you have questions on particular issues, though, please let me know!