Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Overview

Ad Fontes Media rates AZ Central in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. AZ Central is a news website publishing content from the daily newspaper The Arizona Republic, published in Phoenix, and the local NBC TV affiliate, KPNX. The Republic, founded in 1890 as The Arizona Republican, became part of the Gannett media family in 2000, making it part of the USA Today Network. The website records approximately 11.4 million visits per month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 43.13

Bias: -5.80

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
Presidential debates are flawed but important TV. So why are Republicans afraid of them?-14.1730.33
Marco López, Democratic candidate for Arizona governor, linked to bribery scheme in Mexico045.67
What Are the Health Benefits of Baseball?040.67
Calling BS on Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s bogus outrage over stalled infrastructure bill-8.6734
Gov. Ducey is upset that Biden's a dicator on COVID? That's rich-8.6731.67
Kamala Harris isn't cut out to be VP. Her disastrous immigration trip just proved it1233.67
Phoenix temperatures break another heat record, marking 4 consecutive days above 115-0.6749
Wait, wouldn't a Jan. 6 commission prove 'the left' caused the Capitol riot?-11.3336.67
Experts call for federal monitors of Arizona Senate election audit, citing violations of voting laws-6.1746.17
New normals: The Southwest has grown hotter and drier over the past decade, data shows-3.3347
Arizona Sikh community mourns loss of victims in Indianapolis shooting045.67
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-health/2020/12/07/arizona-coronavirus-live-news-updates-covid-19-pandemic/3857799001/048
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2020/12/13/heres-best-way-help-7-419-homeless-people-metro-phoenix/6465805002/-1.6745.33
https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/robertrobb/2020/12/13/what-do-republicans-believe-in-once-trump-gone/3887082001/-15.3331
https://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/consumers/2020/12/13/retirement-rule-changes-know-401-k-plans-and-iras-2020-ends/6488225002/148
5 Scottsdale Unified School District schools closed Monday due to lack of staffing-146.33
Navajo and Hopi voters turn out in force on Election Day, hoping for a clear voice051.33
Arizona reports highest number of new cases since Aug. 1 as hospitalizations continue to rise-0.553
Jennifer Harrison, Arizona Patriot leader, charged with felony identity theft-845.67
How a single sentence in The Atlantic annihilated Trump's coronavirus response-1433.5
The federal government gives Native students an inadequate education and gets away with it-2.8846.88
'Stars aligned' to get Trump, Rep. Raul Grijalva on same side of issue-5.6743
The cost of applying for U.S. citizenship is dramatically increasing1.3345.67
Donald Trump tops Joe Biden in July fundraising by $25M, but cash-on-hand advantage erased1.3343.33
Arizonans set record for expanded jobless benefit claims as program's expiration looms-348