Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Fact Reporting

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Ad Fontes Media rates Associated Press in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Associated Press (Associated Press) is an independent international news service operating in 250 locations worldwide. Founded in 1846, AP shares its news in 150,000 news outlets, with subscribers from across the globe. AP has won 54 Pulitzer Prizes, including 32 for photography.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 49.02

Bias: -2.08

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 URLBiasReliability
Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businesses048.67
Goodbye ‘godsend’: Expiration of child tax credits hits home-635.33
EXPLAINER: Why didn’t China send troops to aid Kazakhstan?044
Analysis: Biden overshoots on what’s possible in divided DC3.3338.33
Biden to double free COVID tests, add masks to fight omicron-4.6745.33
COVID-19 pill rollout stymied by shortages as omicron rages047.8
Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businesses049.33
CDC panel recommends Pfizer, Moderna COVID shots over J&J’s047.33
Australians reunite as border reopens after 20-month ban048
Officials: All migrants are gone from Texas border camp-0.6745.33
Consumers get online tool to check nursing home vaccine data-0.3343
White House faces bipartisan backlash on Haitian migrants-2.3346.67
‘Soul-crushing’: US COVID-19 deaths are topping 1,900 a day-544
New Mexico defends title as most Latino state in nation047.33
Olympic sponsors praise Simone Biles after withdrawal046
In shift, GOP ramps up vaccine push as resistance hardens-0.6744.33
Garland vows crackdown on gun trafficking as violence surges-5.6743.33
Health care for older immigrants sees momentum among states-545
Dems renew questions about FBI background check of Kavanaugh-0.3345.67
Biden comment hints at boosting travel between US and Europe044
Dallas resident returns from Nigeria with case of monkeypox046.33
Mind the gap: The basketball world is catching up to the US044.33
As Herschel Walker eyes Senate run, a turbulent past emerges-2.6743.33
Groups worry about tapping COVID relief for infrastructure-145.33
Vaccine inequity: Inside the cutthroat race to secure doses-1.6744.67