Bias: Skews Right

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Overview

Ad Fontes Media rates Boston Herald in the Skews Right category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Boston Herald is a tabloid daily newspaper covering the city of Boston, Massachusetts, and the surrounding area. It was founded in 1846 and since 2018 has been part of Digital First Media/MediaNews Group Inc., owned in part by Alden Global Capital. The Herald has received eight Pulitzer Prizes. The print product has a weekday paid circulation of 250,000, with 9,500 digital subscribers. The website records 2.2 million visits per month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 40.53

Bias: 10.09

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
Feds bust Colombian cartel cash scheme that moved 'millions' through U.S. banks-0.3347
Moore: In Biden’s America, everyone is entitled to everything18.3323.67
Editorial: Taking the knee goes from protest to trend432.33
Charlie Baker: U.S. has done ‘a bad job’ on affordable housing-2.3344.67
Chaos reigned in wake of Haitian president’s assassination046.67
Battenfeld: Biden administration taking cancel culture to new extremes with Facebook crackdown1430.67
Massachusetts wet weather: Record-breaking rain leads to flooding, but sun likely to return this week046
Judge orders end to DACA, current enrollees safe for now-2.3344.67
Battenfeld: Kamala Harris failing to live up to hype1230
CDC says vaccinated teachers and students need not wear a mask inside school buildings048
McManus: Afghanistan gets uglier, Biden changes subject6.3335
Japan bans fans at Tokyo-area Olympics venues due to virus046.33
Unfriendly skies: FAA fines ‘unruly’ passengers plaguing airlines042.33
Stephen Lynch tests positive for coronavirus after receiving second vaccine dose045.33
Massachusetts Phase 2 vaccine rollout: Local health officials frustrated by supply, communication issues-1.3344
Boston Teachers Union says concerns remain ahead of Monday reopening-3.3344.33
Massachusetts Dems reject amendment to limit Baker’s ability to fill Elizabeth Warren vacancy445
30 Massachusetts cities and towns are now at high risk for coronavirus-3.6747.67
Ed Markey cruises to victory as Democrats, Republicans wrest for control of Senate051
Trump, Biden campaigns project confidence as vote counting continues in key swing states-1.6749.33
Massachusetts Question 2: Ranked choice voting opponents take victory lap048.33
Feds order emergency shutdown of Weymouth gas compressor station after two leaks-0.6753.67
Broad Institute coronavirus testing: Positive rates at 108 Boston-area colleges make up one-tenth of state’s average050.33
8 Massachusetts cities and towns at high risk for coronavirus as number of moderate-risk communities jumps0.6748.67
Massachusetts unemployment checks: State starts to disburse extra $300 weekly payments-150.33