Baltimore Sun Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates Baltimore Sun in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Baltimore Sun is the largest daily newspaper in Maryland. Founded in 1837, it is now part of the Tribune Publishing Company. The Sun won a Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting in 2020.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 45.56

Bias: -4.84

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
Independent Investigations Division will look into Baltimore County police shooting in White Marsh -0.33 43.33
Tessemae’s, Baltimore-based organic salad dressing maker, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy 0 40.67
The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region to receive $ 3 million endowment 0 41.33
Adnan Syed walks out of Baltimore courthouse after judge overturns his 2000 murder conviction 0 46.33
Psychiatrist invited to Yale spoke of fantasies of shooting white people 0 46.33
Baltimore police charge three teens with murder after fatal shooting of Israeli man 0 47.33
Accused leader of violent Baltimore gang on the run as feds say he failed to surrender to latest charges 0 47.33
‘Step one of our recovery efforts’: Baltimore-area systems look to summer school to begin repairing academic losses from pandemic 0 46.67
Biden’s restrained response to worsening Israeli-Palestinian conflict falls short | COMMENTARY -8.33 39
Maryland Gov. Hogan orders nursing homes to report staff, resident COVID vaccinations weekly -1 46
Carroll County sheriff condemns George Floyd’s killer, says public shouldn’t condemn police 2.33 42
Republicans are fabricating the border crisis | COMMENTARY -14 32.83
How shocking that the GOP now has a QAnon problem in its ranks | COMMENTARY -15.33 28.33
Baltimore to pay workers compensation benefits to family of Det. Sean Suiter, ending years of wrangling -1.33 50.67
Ellicott City flood mitigation projects to begin construction within 18 months, Howard County announces 0 52.67
‘You choking me, sir’: Baltimore Police officer charged with assault, misconduct over forceful arrest captured on video -2.33 46.33
Pence vows support for police as Trump makes surprise trip to Fort McHenry; guests crowd together to greet candidates 0.67 48.33
Maryland reports 577 newly confirmed coronavirus cases, six more deaths -1.67 46
Baltimore suspends recycling pickup until Nov. 1 due to staffing shortages caused by coronavirus, heat: ’We need more help’ -3.33 42.67
Montgomery County issues new order to block in-person classes at private schools until October -3.33 51.33
Rey Rivera’s friend, former Baltimore employer pushes back on Netflix’s ‘Unsolved Mysteries' 0 45
Maryland coronavirus updates: With First Thursdays canceled, WTMD heads for the water; Restaurant Week vital for Carroll County -3.33 50.67
Maryland elections officials poised to offer new November election format to governor as time runs short -2.67 47.67
Maryland state trooper pleads guilty to fabricating DUI arrests, writing tickets to phantom people -2.67 50.33
University System of Maryland requiring masks on campus this fall amid coronavirus pandemic -0.67 46.67

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