Boston Globe Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates Boston Globe in the Skews Left category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Boston Globe is the largest daily newspaper in New England. It was founded in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1872 and is now part of Boston Globe Media Partners. The Globe has won a Pulitzer Prize 27 times, including for Public Service in 2003 for its coverage of sex abuse by priests in the Catholic Church, an investigative report that was documented in the 2015 film, “Spotlight.”

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 43.70

Bias: -9.45

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
Biden owes the public some answers on classified documents 0 37.67
The DOJ’s criminal investigation of Jan. 6 should carefully scrutinize Trump’s rogue lawyers -9.33 36.67
Health officials keeping close eye out for invasive Strep infections in children 0 48
‘A 24-hour neighborhood’: Wu outlines plans to bring downtown Boston back to life 0 41.67
Perla, the woman migrants say enticed them onto planes, reflects an ugliness we must contend with -15.33 30
Mental health a top concern for colleges as students return for spring semester -7.67 49.67
Are masks effective for kids? Here’s what to know before school starts -1.33 45.67
N.Y. helps rebuild our tattered political norms -10 40.33
The unintended consequences of making Juneteenth a national holiday -8.67 32
Biden’s bungled response on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -16.67 34
The horror of the Confederate flag in the US Capitol -4 36.67
Governor nominates Serge Georges Jr. to Supreme Judicial Court -2 47.67
They got ‘clobbered’ on Election Day. Now Massachusetts Republicans are weighing whether to change leaders 0.67 43
Enough about Hunter Biden. What about Ivanka Trump? -11 38
These ordinary citizens are preparing to fight a coup in November -10.67 42
White House signals defeat in pandemic as coronavirus outbreak roils Pence’s office -8.67 43
State legislator flees home after threatening calls received -1.33 50.67
Who are the out-of-state billionaires backing ranked-choice voting in Massachusetts? -5 47.33
Senate to confirm Barrett for court in highly partisan vote -2.67 51
Stahl: More questions to ask a president who never returned -10 46.33
Trump appears at rally in Londonderry, N.H., riffing on ‘fake ballots,’ 2016, and Air Force One -9 46
Long before pandemic, problems mounted for new Red and Orange line cars -0.75 47.25
High risk for three weeks, 13 communities in Massachusetts are back to Phase 3, step 1 -0.67 49
JPK III didn’t demolish the Kennedy dynasty — it faded long ago -5.67 37.67
Boston’s hotel industry has been hit harder than all but two other metro areas 1 46.67

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