How polarized are your news sources?

During the last US presidential election we were bombarded daily with crazy news stories on both Hillary and Donald; some of which came from news orgs I’d never heard of before. With so many news sources, all with their own agendas and political leanings, how was anyone to know whether each morning’s new dirt on Clinton or Trump was truly damning or just another sensationalized report?

Initial idea: if a left-leaning news org published something negative about Clinton, it’d likely be a trustworthy news piece. Vice versa for Trump; if a conservative news source put out a negative report on Trump he must have done something egregious. The tricky part: how can one synthesize an unbiased value for how far left/right a news organization leans?

Solution: scrape the data from Reddit. After scraping data from reddit, here’s where your fav news org falls on the spectrum. (This work got about 9000 upvotes on reddit, and was extended by a Googler Felipe Hoffa, as an interactive dashboard – check it out here)

Reddit subs The Donald vs Enough Trump Spam