Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Fact Reporting

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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: 48.77

Bias: -1.84

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
Arizona GOP primary tests power of Trump’s election lies046
Ohio rape shows how a story can spread faster than facts-1.3347
Biden nixes Trump design for Air Force One over cost, delay049.33
Supreme Court to take up right to carry gun for self-defense-1.3346
Oz, McCormick still neck and neck in Pa. GOP Senate primary-0.3347.67
Shoppers, guard among 10 dead in Buffalo supermarket attack045
Palestinians mourn slain Al Jazeera journalist, blame Israel-1.3346.67
Russian forces escalate attacks on Ukraine’s civilian areas-0.6753.33
President refuses to flee, urges Ukraine to ‘stand firm’050.6
Biden nominates Jackson, first Black woman, to Supreme Court-4.6747.33
Russia attacks Ukraine as defiant Putin warns US, NATO050.33
US virus cases, hospitalizations continue steady decline-146
US death toll from COVID-19 hits 900,000, sped by omicron047.67
Emboldened China opens Olympics, with lockdown and boycotts045.33
Pence: Trump is ‘wrong’ to say election could be overturned047.33
GOP censures Cheney, Kinzinger as it assails Jan. 6 probe046
Russia, China push back against US in pre-Olympics summit047.33
Austin says Putin now has full range of options in Ukraine047.33
Governor kept mum amid conflicting accounts of deadly arrest048
Bridge collapses, drops city bus into Pittsburgh ravine048.33
Kyle Rittenhouse gun from Kenosha shootings to be destroyed-0.3347
Omicron drives US deaths higher than in fall’s delta wave-3.3345.33
Winter storm to bring blizzard conditions to US East Coast046
Booster shots needed against omicron, CDC studies show048.33
1 NYPD officer killed, 1 severely injured in Harlem shooting048.67