If I say a news organization leans left or right, am I the one who's biased or are these news organizations in fact biased?
There should be a factual, documented answer to my question--but if the ultimate answer is all just opinion-based, I apologize in advance. But can you corroborate your answer?
Frankly, I think the ultimate answer to everything I ask here is that it is all up to me as an individual to make my assessment of news organizations when I peruse their content. That's what I've been living by. I figured long ago that it is totally up to me to accept or reject anything I hear/read based on my own preconceived notions. Basically, each person needs to know for themselves where they stand. If that is my answer, I'd love to see others confirm that with legitimate documents that corroborate this.
So... is bias evident (from me) if I use the term "[right- or] left-leaning communications agencies" when referring to certain news organizations, or are they in fact biased?
NOTE - I've shortened this question to focus on handling just the conceptual or more abstract side of my concerns, and split off the other more practical part here: Can these specific American news organizations be respectfully classified as either right- or left-leaning?