AlterNet Bias and Reliability Overview

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. Ad Fontes Media rates AlterNet in the hyper-partisan left category of bias and as mixed reliability in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral 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.

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

Reliability: 23.28

Bias: -19.34

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

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 the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

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

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

Article URLBiasReliability
'Democrats will lose in 2022': Anger Grows as Biden bows to un-elected parliamentarian on $15 minimum wage-19.7535.5
The disturbing and cruel psychology of Marjorie Taylor Greene-21.7527
'None of it has come true!' Disillusioned QAnon follower admits she's starting to lose faith042.67
Conservative site suddenly retracts op-ed denying there was a 'riot' at the Capitol-7.3335
Trump's now-violent plot to retain power demands that he be impeached again-14.3336
Trump White House memo says ‘no place’ for ‘critical race theory’ in US government while moving to end diversity trainings-1642.5
‘Political theater’: Analyst explains why Ted Cruz’st hearing on violence at protests was a deceptive farce-17.1432.71
Judge ‘fast-tracks’ Census lawsuit against Trump administration — tells DOJ attorney ‘it is what it is’-1838
Republicans are privately expressing a ‘growing sense of doom’ as polls look grim: report-10.3333
Trump launches delusional and bewildering rant against Biden: ‘He’s against God!’-22.6723.33
Trump threatens to ban popular social media app TikTok ‘with an executive order’-13.8337.33
Bill Barr could face probe after 4 ex-presidents of DC Bar Association sign complaint detailing his abuse of office-12.6743
‘What in the hell are we doing?’: Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton clash over coronavirus spending — foreshadowing a bitter battle in post-Trump GOP-16.3330.67
Trump horrifies viewers with warm wishes for accused sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell-21.3330.67
Trump’s acting Homeland Security secretary just made a damning admission on Fox News-2025.33
Even Republicans are warning Trump’s DHS is turning into ‘the president’s personal militia’-1928.33
Trump lashes out at the bipartisan lawmakers who condemned his support for the war in Yemen-13.3324.67
A cognitive scientist explains why everyone is at risk of falling for fake news — and how to resist it-8.3337.33
House Republicans are trying to stonewall voter suppression investigations-21.3326.67
‘He is going to go bonkers’: Former prosecutor reveals how Trump could violate the law if he overreacts to the Mueller report-14.3325.67
Now Trump thinks even Fox News is biased against him-14.2534.75
White nationalists have infiltrated the US military-2420
‘This needs to be exposed’: Top Intel Democrat reveals how the Kremlin was ‘facilitating a cover up by’ Trump-2724.25
Mueller just dropped a hint that his team could be working on something big-18.6716.33
Here’s what Republicans and billionaires really mean when they talk about ‘freedom’-2327