Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues

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Overview

Ad Fontes Media rates American Independent in the Skews Left category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. American Independent is an online news source that focuses on progressive politics. It is owned by True Blue Media and founded in 2014 by activist and author David Brock. Formerly known as Shareblue Media, The American Independent was launched in November 2019 in order to focus on investigative journalism.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 38.49

Bias: -14.71

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
Republicans say doubled monthly job growth proves Biden is a failure-9.6742
Capitol Police officer says it's 'inconceivable' that GOP won't back Jan. 6 commission-7.3342
GOP falsely blames Biden for Trump tax cut expiration-9.3341.33
Amid attacks on abortion rights, more look to manage care without medical help-8.3344
Sarah Sanders: I lied to the American people because I'm not a Democrat-21.6733.33
Trump campaign inadvertently admits Biden won and Trump lost-1337.33
Trump admits he would have ignored coronavirus even without impeachment-1140
Pentagon stands behind extremism expert targeted by the right-11.6741.67
Trump refuses to concede despite losing election by more than 4 million votes-1237.67
Trump silent after an ally urges vigilantes to 'have a plan' to justify shootings-2332
McEnany says she's 'not engaging in conspiracy theories' seconds after promoting one-16.6733.33
GOP congressman falsely claims there have been no riots in Republican-led cities-13.6739.67
Trump administration is ignoring Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQ discrimination-1833.67
Rand Paul demands FBI arrest peaceful protesters for yelling at him-15.6735
Democratic convention wins ratings battle with millions more viewers than GOP's-1633.67
Trump's new postmaster general seems determined to undermine mail-in voting-1139
McConnell says his refusal to act on virus relief for months was a good thing-2028.67
Trump says Asians 'understand exactly' why he uses racist terms for coronavirus-14.3339.33
Trump denounces coronavirus evictions after long record of evicting his own tenants-10.543.5
Rep. Ted Yoho on his attack on Ocasio-Cortez: 'I cannot apologize for my passion'-7.544.5
Trump campaign event to feature evangelical pastors and right-wing extremists-21.6731.67
Susan Collins refuses to endorse Trump because she's 'in a difficult race'-1643.33
GOP threatens to defund Democratic-controlled cities over protests-12.5638.67
GOP senator who promoted vacation bill received over $40,000 from travel industry-12.1137.78
Trump threatens to jail people for 10 years for removing racist statues-7.649.2