My friend (a foreigner) was trying to get his bearings as to the American media and our politics, and I would like to responsibly (and from a neutral stance) introduce him to our news outlets. However, I find that even I as an American am ignorant of a few important facts concerning our media's political leanings--which to me are somewhat obvious but how factual/legitimate could I make my assessmests? I don't want to push my opinions on this guy nor anyone, and so I ask here because I hope to get some clarity (if possible!)
I mean, I can speak for what I have already come to think for myself--but that is my opinion. I do not seek opinions here, but fact. An answer backed up by empirical evidence would be fine, too.
Can any of the following news organizations be respectfully classified as either right- or left-leaning, or do any in fact deserve to be truly considered neutral and non-biased? Do they clearly and unabashedly identify themselves as being one way or the other?
- Fox News
- The Guardian
- The Washington Post
- New York Times
- New York Post
- The National Enquirer
- Star Magazine
If it is in fact hopeless to try to make a factual determination on any of the above, then please forgive me and kindly indicate that to me. I do not intend to draw an onslaught of opinions. Thank you.
(Related question from which this one is derived: Are major American news organizations in fact self-proclaimed as being left- or right-wing...or is determining that just relegated to public opinion?)