AlterNet Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Hyper-Partisan Left

Reliability: Mixed Reliability/Opinion OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates AlterNet in the Hyper-Partisan 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. The website records more than 4 million visits each month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 24.36

Bias: -18.66

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
'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
Trump launches delusional and bewildering rant against Biden: ‘He’s against God!’ -22.67 23.33
Trump threatens to ban popular social media app TikTok ‘with an executive order’ -13.83 37.33
Bill Barr could face probe after 4 ex-presidents of DC Bar Association sign complaint detailing his abuse of office -12.67 43
‘What in the hell are we doing?’: Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton clash over coronavirus spending — foreshadowing a bitter battle in post-Trump GOP -16.33 30.67
Trump horrifies viewers with warm wishes for accused sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell -21.33 30.67
Trump’s acting Homeland Security secretary just made a damning admission on Fox News -20 25.33
Even Republicans are warning Trump’s DHS is turning into ‘the president’s personal militia’ -19 28.33
Trump lashes out at the bipartisan lawmakers who condemned his support for the war in Yemen -13.33 24.67
A cognitive scientist explains why everyone is at risk of falling for fake news — and how to resist it -8.33 37.33
House Republicans are trying to stonewall voter suppression investigations -21.33 26.67
‘He is going to go bonkers’: Former prosecutor reveals how Trump could violate the law if he overreacts to the Mueller report -14.33 25.67

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