Bill O’Reilly Bias and Reliability

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Bias: Hyper-Partisan Right

Reliability: Unreliable, Problematic

Overview

Ad Fontes Media rates Bill O'Reilly in the Hyper-Partisan Right category of bias and as Unreliable, Problematic in terms of reliability. Bill O'Reilly is a journalist, author and former TV host. O’Reilly formerly worked for CBS News, ABC News and Fox News. He now shares conservative commentary via a website and podcast, and has written dozens of books. The O’Reilly website records approximately 883,000 visits per month.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for Bill O'Reilly according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 21.72

Bias: 25.55

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
Is President Biden Calling the Shots? 22 25.33
Bill's Weekly Column 14.67 30.67
Can Donald Trump Mount a Comeback? 21 24.67
Nobody is Safe from Covid 5.33 31.67
BLM Responds to Looting in Chicago-Puts Blame on Police; ACLU Pushes for Open Borders & Brett Tolman on the Durham Investigation 22.33 34.33
Too Cool for School 32 17
By George, Let's Cancel 25 21.67
Bill's Weekly Column 30.67 16.67
Conventional Wisdom 29.67 28.33
Mobbed-Up 27.67 21
BLM Responds to Looting in Chicago-Puts Blame on Police; ACLU Pushes for Open Borders & Brett Tolman on the Durham Investigation 27.33 17
The People and Organizations Harming America: Bill O'Reilly's Special Report 28.2 19.4
Bill O'Reilly's No Spin Thoughts on Kamala Harris 31 18.33
The Amazon Jungle 26.33 22.33
The Anthem Blues 15.33 29.33
Bill's Message of the Day 18.67 26.33
The Strategy to Defeat President Trump 19.67 31.33
Joe Biden Against the Police 21.33 31.33
Polling My Liberal Friends 22 27

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