AlterNet Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Strong Left

Reliability: Mixed Reliability/Opinion OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates AlterNet in the Strong Left category of bias and as Mixed Reliability/Opinion OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. AlterNet is a progressive news website that publishes original content as well as sharing articles from other independent media sources. It was created in 1998 by the non-profit Independent Media Institute and is owned by John K. Byrne and Michael Rogers.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for AlterNet according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 25.71

Bias: -17.92

Panels of analysts from Ad Fontes Media regularly review representative sample content to rate it for reliability and bias. Each panel of analysts comprises one left-leaning, one right-leaning, and one center-leaning analyst.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating content. To determine its reliability score, we consider the content’s veracity, expression, its title/headline, and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the sample content’s overall reliability score.

To determine sample content’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position, and how it compares to other reporting or analysis from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the content’s overall bias score.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to middle to most extreme right. The reliability rating, demonstrated on the chart’s vertical axis, rates sources on a scale from original fact reporting to analysis, opinion, propaganda and inaccurate/fabricated information.

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 40 are generally good; scores below 24 are generally problematic. Scores between 24-40 indicate a range of possibilities, with some sources falling there because they are heavy in opinion and analysis, and some because they have a high variation in reliability between articles.

Bias scores for articles and shows are on a scale of -42 to +42, with higher negative scores being more left, higher positive scores being more right, and scores closer to zero being minimally biased, equally balanced, or exhibiting a centrist bias.

Individual Content Sample Scores

These are the most recent content samples that Ad Fontes Media analysts have rated for this source.

Content Sample URL Bias Reliability
President Joe Biden should 'forcefully resist' TX judge’s 'medically unsound' abortion pill ruling: columnist -7.67 31.33
Donald Trump finally facing accountability for some of his most brazen violations of the law -15.33 22
'Absolutely insane': Texas Governor Greg Abbott seeks pardon for man convicted of murdering BLM protester -15.67 41
'What a deranged psychopath': Twitter utterly confused by Donald Trump’s 'loving Easter message' -29 30
Elon Musk’s pitiful Twitter-tantrum against NPR shows no signs of ending -16.33 22.33
'Strategic abuse of the judicial process': Trump, attorney fined nearly $1M for 'frivolous' suit against Clinton -10.33 41.33
Donald Trump accuses the 'fake news media' of downplaying the Joe 'Bidden' documents story -11 38.33
NYT slammed for using picture of Republicans in story heralding lower 2022 deficit — when Dems ran Congress -6.67 41.67
Why Glenn Youngkin’s 'political brand' is in jeopardy in Virginia: report -3.33 40.67
Why voters are 'likely' stuck with 'absurd' George Santos for 2 years: law professor -6.67 39
The United States finally has an economic plan for a domestic high-tech economy -1.67 43
'Awkward and angry': Donald Trump and allies lash out over Joe Biden's anti-MAGA extremism speech -8 42.33
The sneaky way the right to protest is becoming imperiled -14 31.67
WaPo analysis explores what could happen next with House GOPers' historic subpoenas -4.67 34
Philly Republican fired after alleged ballot-harvesting scheme -8.67 39.67
Karine Jean-Pierre makes history by becoming the first Black LGBTQ+ White House press secretary -15 37.67
'Democrats will lose in 2022': Anger Grows as Biden bows to un-elected parliamentarian on $15 minimum wage -19.75 35.5
The disturbing and cruel psychology of Marjorie Taylor Greene -21.75 27
'None of it has come true!' Disillusioned QAnon follower admits she's starting to lose faith 0 42.67
Conservative site suddenly retracts op-ed denying there was a 'riot' at the Capitol -7.33 35
Trump's now-violent plot to retain power demands that he be impeached again -14.33 36
Trump White House memo says ‘no place’ for ‘critical race theory’ in US government while moving to end diversity trainings -16 42.5
‘Political theater’: Analyst explains why Ted Cruz’st hearing on violence at protests was a deceptive farce -17.14 32.71
Judge ‘fast-tracks’ Census lawsuit against Trump administration — tells DOJ attorney ‘it is what it is’ -18 38
Republicans are privately expressing a ‘growing sense of doom’ as polls look grim: report -10.33 33

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