Aspen Times Bias and Reliability Overview

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. Ad Fontes Media rates Aspen Times in the middle category of bias and as most reliable in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral 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.

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

Reliability: 46.32

Bias: -0.32

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

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 the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating a news article. To determine its reliability score, we consider the article’s veracity, expression, and its headline and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall reliability score.

To determine an article’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position and how it compares to other stories from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall bias score.

Article URLBiasReliability
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