Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Overview

Ad Fontes Media rates Aspen Times in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Aspen Times is a free newspaper covering Pitkin County, Colorado, since 1881. It is a part of Colorado Mountain News Media, owned by Swift Communications. The Times reports a print circulation of 9,000. The accompanying website records approximately 482,000 visits per month.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for Aspen Times according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 46.32

Bias: -0.32

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
Nothing to see here, folks: No NYE fireworks planned in Aspen-0.3343.33
Judge dismisses several water uses in White River reservoir case-1.3347.67
High Country: The Top 10 Cannabis Strains of 2020-1.236.8
Eagle County rolls out COVID-19 vaccines for residents 70 and older051
Pitkin County’s incidence rate is 3rd highest in Colorado047.67
Bolstering the toolbox of first responders in fight against COVID-19047.67
Hundreds line up for space-heater distribution in Aspen after day-long gas outage048
Faces of the Pandemic: Through the lens of a TSA agent045.33
Aspen investigation continues as natural gas comes back, along with heat051
Aspen declares state of emergency due to gas outage049.67
Aspen-area party businesses warned not to violate health order-146.33
Going above and beyond to feed the hungry during Christmas week-146.67
Skier killed in Berthoud Pass avalanche near Winter Park Resort marks fourth death this season047.67
Vandalism causes disruptions to Aspen gas service, energy company says047.33
“Faces of the Pandemic”: Leading under pressure during an unprecedented year038.67