AP Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Fact Reporting

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 48.44

Bias: -2.14

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
Trump faulted for dinner with white nationalist, rapper Ye -9.67 39.67
Emboldened Biden, Dems push ban on so-called assault weapons -7 45
From sensation to struggles: Dem stars Abrams, O’Rourke fade -2.33 42.67
Musk warns Twitter’s survival is at stake as staff quits -1.33 45
EXPLAINER: Where does student loan forgiveness stand? -1.67 47.33
DEA’s most corrupt agent: Parties, sex amid ‘unwinnable war’ 0 53.33
Zelenskyy calls liberation of Kherson ‘beginning of the end’ 0 48.67
Biden, Xi clash on Taiwan but aim to ‘manage’ differences -0.67 47
Suspect caught in fatal shooting of 3 U.Va. football players -0.33 46.33
Across the US, a return to democratic order. Will it last? -5 43.33
As fentanyl drives overdose deaths, mistaken beliefs persist -6.33 42.33
Deaths of 8 in Oklahoma home investigated as murder-suicide 0 49
Jan. 6 panel subpoenas Trump, demanding historic testimony 0 47.67
Georgia voting equipment breach at center of tangled tale 0 47
‘Fighting fit’: Trial to show Oath Keepers’ road to Jan. 6 0 47.33
West works to deepen sanctions after Putin heightens threats 0 45.67
DeSantis declares emergency as storm expected to hit Florida 0 49
Fiona washes houses away, knocks out power in Canada 0 47.67
‘Serial’ case: Adnan Syed released, conviction tossed 0 47
Florida, Texas escalate flights, buses to move migrants -6.33 46
Manchin’s big energy deal draws pushback from many Dems 0 49
Gorbachev buried in Moscow in funeral snubbed by Putin 0 49.33
Cheney’s defeat end of an era for GOP; Trump’s party now -3.33 45.33
Pence tells GOP to stop lashing out at FBI over Trump search -1 46
Kids-for-cash judges ordered to pay more than $200M 0 45.33

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