Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Ad Fontes Media rates Arizona Daily Star in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Arizona Daily Star is a daily newspaper and website based in Tucson, Arizona. Founded in 1877, the newspaper covers news in southern Arizona and has been owned by Lee Enterprises since 2005. The Daily Star has won several media awards, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1981. The website records approximately 1.9 million visits per month.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for Arizona Daily Star according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 45.91

Bias: -2.07

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
Daily Star Editorial Board: The U.S. is a democracy, no matter what Trump wants-1.6737.33
Driving-while-texting ban to span Arizona in 2021044.33
Road Runner reviews 2020 Tucson road projects and previews what's to come048
With teen suicide on the rise, Tucson educators struggle to prioritize mental health046.67
Tucson park ramadas closed again amid rise in COVID-19 cases-1.2548.25
Some Pima County employees told to stay home for three weeks to stop COVID-19 spike-1.1747.67
Letter: White House misses COVID response big time-13.530
Weatherization program belled for helping seniors037
Make Way for Books provides early reading opportunities for children-0.3338.67
Habitat for Humanity Tucson builds affordable housing for low-income families-1.6739.67
Interfaith Community Services helps families make ends meet-0.6742
Pima County health officials: Hospitals will be overwhelmed in three weeks-2.3349.33
Western Women: Pauline O'Neill was Arizona suffragist, state lawmaker048
Pima County to open new drive thru COVID-19 testing sites047.67
Road Runner: ADOT distracted driving campaign shows true dangers of inattention048
Reid Park Zoo prepares for major expansion this spring-154
Greg Hansen: Arizona's old way of recruiting didn't work. Maybe Sean Miller's new approach will.037.33
Pedestrian struck, killed on Tucson's northwest side050.33
Kelly unveils transition team as McSally remains silent on election outcome-2.3346.67
Political Notebook: Councilman Kozachik laid off from University of Arizona, O'Halleran re-elected-1.3347.67
Return of season brings 'sense of normalcy' for cross country runners — even with new rules-0.6746
UA-led space mission makes history with five-second stop on asteroid Bennu-0.6749
Tucson police: Teen driver dies in east-side crash051.33
Arizona counties can start counting early ballots now051.8
Cheers, chants greet Trump in Tucson campaign stop3.6743.67