Boston Globe Bias and Reliability Overview

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 26 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.” The Globe print newspaper has a paid circulation of approximately 92,000, as well as 200,000 digital subscribers. The website records 9.8 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Boston Globe in the skews left 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 Boston Globe’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 44.73

Bias: -9.63

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
Are masks effective for kids? Here’s what to know before school starts-1.3345.67
N.Y. helps rebuild our tattered political norms-1040.33
The unintended consequences of making Juneteenth a national holiday-8.6732
Biden’s bungled response on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict-16.6734
The horror of the Confederate flag in the US Capitol-436.67
Governor nominates Serge Georges Jr. to Supreme Judicial Court-247.67
They got ‘clobbered’ on Election Day. Now Massachusetts Republicans are weighing whether to change leaders0.6743
These ordinary citizens are preparing to fight a coup in November-10.6742
White House signals defeat in pandemic as coronavirus outbreak roils Pence’s office-8.6743
State legislator flees home after threatening calls received-1.3350.67
Who are the out-of-state billionaires backing ranked-choice voting in Massachusetts?-547.33
Senate to confirm Barrett for court in highly partisan vote-2.6751
Stahl: More questions to ask a president who never returned-1046.33
Trump appears at rally in Londonderry, N.H., riffing on ‘fake ballots,’ 2016, and Air Force One-946
Long before pandemic, problems mounted for new Red and Orange line cars-0.7547.25
High risk for three weeks, 13 communities in Massachusetts are back to Phase 3, step 1-0.6749
JPK III didn’t demolish the Kennedy dynasty — it faded long ago-5.6737.67
Boston’s hotel industry has been hit harder than all but two other metro areas146.67
In still-unsettled Fourth District race, Jesse Mermell leaves door open to a recount request1.6748
When your dorm room is at the W, student housing offers a dose of the high life-1.3349.67
Debate over political significance of Harris’s multicultural background spotlights America’s ongoing struggle with multiracial identities-1247.67
Harvard pandemic expert Ashish Jha takes a more optimistic view of the fall and winter3.3347
Hybrid schooling could be a public health disaster, some doctors warn-3.6739.33
Mass. reports 319 new confirmed coronavirus cases, 21 new deaths-152
Former Boston police union head charged with yearslong sexual abuse of young girl152.33