AP Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/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 Associated Press (AP) is an independent international news service operating in 250 locations worldwide. Founded in 1846, AP shares its news with subscribers from across the globe. AP has won 56 Pulitzer Prizes, including 34 for photography.

Reliability: 47.22

Bias: -1.96

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
San Francisco board open to reparations with $5M payouts 0 47.33
Florida weighs mandating menstrual cycle details for female athletes -6 35.33
TikTok push targets Biden on Alaska’s huge Willow oil plan -1.67 44.67
Biden’s fentanyl position sparks criticism from 2 sides 1.67 45.67
Trump investigation: Could grand juror’s words tank charges? -0.67 43
Survivors still being found as quake death toll tops 25,000 0 46
Wagner owner says war in Ukraine could drag on for years 0 43.67
Schools become flashpoint for Republicans eyeing White House -1 44.67
Jill Biden not shy about her ‘Philly girl’ sports fandom 0 43.33
Concerns over prayer breakfast lead Congress to take it over 0 40.33
China plays down Blinken’s canceled visit over balloon -2.33 41.33
Sorry, not sorry: Some 1/6 rioters change tune after apology -4 42.33
LeBron’s off-court legacy complements his basketball success -3 40.67
Trump campaign staff on 2020 election lies: ‘fan the flame’ -7.67 37.33
Texas power woes linger as New England girds for deep freeze 0 44.67
US adds a surprisingly strong 517,000 jobs despite Fed hikes 0 47.33
Poland pushes for more tanks for Kyiv, will seek German OK -1.33 51.67
Lights out in Pakistan as energy-saving move backfires 0 47
Military probing whether cancers linked to nuclear silo work -1 46
Gunman kills 10 near Lunar New Year festival in California 0 45.67
AP sources: Biden to pick Zients as his next chief of staff -7.33 42.33
Dems: Biden should be ‘embarrassed’ by classified docs case -4 42.67
Russia official warns West of destruction for arming Ukraine 0 47.67
Hockey brawls to debt limit: Emmer wrangles House GOP votes 2.67 44.67
68 confirmed dead after plane crashes in Nepal resort town 0.33 47.33

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