Analysis of Source Bias in r/libertarian News Link Posts with Over 10k Upvotes | Most Upvoted News Links of All Time on r/libertarian Are Much Less Biased and Slightly More Factually Accurate Than The Most Upvoted r/politics News Links
Sorting by “best posts of all time” it was apparent that there were 42 news link posts with 10k upvotes or more, these were selected for analysis.
Sources were scored for political bias using data from mediabiasfactcheck.com on a scale of 1 to 7, 1 being extreme left, 7 being extreme right and 4 being neutral.
The sources were scored for factual reporting using data from mediabiasfactcheck.com on a scale of 1 to 6, with 1 being “very low” and 6 being “very high.”
The number of times each source was counted in the data set was recorded and used to create weighted averages.
The average weighted political bias was 3.79, which is slightly to the left of “neutral” The average weighted factual reporting score was 4.11, which is “mostly factual.” In comparison, the average weighted political bias for r/politics was 2.88, which is to the left of “left-center.” The average weighted factual reporting score for r/politics was 4, which is “mostly factual.”
It appears that the most popular news link posts of all time on r/libertarian indicate that the subreddit has a neutral political bias, and are at least “mostly factual.”
The most popular source among the 42 posts with 10k or more upvotes was Reason.com, which appeared 4 times. The second and third most popular sources among the 42 posts with 10k or more upvotes was Business Insider and The Hill which each appeared 3 times.
14 of the posts had a right bias with a bias score higher than 4 and 17 posts had a left bias with a score lower than 4. 5 of the posts had a neutral bias, with a bias score of 4.
The weighted average of the political bias scores of the most upvoted news links of all time on r/politics is more than 5 times further from a neutral score of 4 than the weighted average of the political bias scores of the most upvoted news links of all time on r/libertarian.
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