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: 46.97

Bias: -2.16

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
Amanda Gorman’s poem for Biden’s inauguration barred for younger children by Florida school -2.33 45.33
House on track to raise debt ceiling and avert default, with Biden and McCarthy confident of passage 0 46.67
What to know about Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor running for president -2.67 41.33
Carbon dioxide emissions reached a record high in 2022 -1 46
Montana is banning TikTok. But can the state enforce the law and fend off a lawsuit? 0 49
An AP Investigation 0 56
AP Investigation: Prison boss beat inmates, climbed ranks 0 55
GOP uses state capitol protests to redefine ‘insurrection’ -7.33 40
Russian missile and drone attack in Ukraine kills 19 people 0 45
2 US Army helicopters crash in Alaska, killing 3 soldiers 0 43
Pence testifies before election probe grand jury: AP source 0 44
China didn’t warn public of likely pandemic for 6 key days -1.67 46
Palm oil labor abuses linked to world’s top brands, banks 0 49.33
Releasing leak suspect a national security risk, feds say -1 44.67
Florida Gov. DeSantis says Disney lawsuit is political 0 43
Polarization means punishment for minority party lawmakers -8.67 33
Rape lawsuit trial against Donald Trump set to get underway -0.33 43.33
Actor Danny Masterson drugged, raped women, prosecutor says -1 43.67
7 arrested for protesting in support of Montana transgender lawmaker -6 45.67
Defamation suit produced trove of Tucker Carlson messages 0 44.67
Why is Biden announcing 2024 bid now, and what will change? -0.67 44.33
How election lies, libel law were key to Fox defamation suit -2.33 44
Amid polarization, minority party lawmakers face penalties -5.67 36.67
Donald Trump indicted; expected to surrender early next week -4.33 45.33
DeSantis’ board says Disney stripped them of power -2.33 44.67

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