BuzzFeed News Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

Overall Score

The following were the overall bias and reliability scores for BuzzFeed News according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology. BuzzFeed News is a website launched in 2012 that features original reporting and video programs. The platform is a division of BuzzFeed, a news and entertainment company based in New York City. The BuzzFeed News website received a Pulitzer Prize in 2021.

Reliability: 42.04

Bias: -7.28

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
Britney Spears Shares Cryptic Instagram Caption After Sam Asghari Divorce 0 28.67
A Black 16-Year-Old Teen Was Shot In The Head After Ringing The Doorbell Of The Wrong Home, His Family Said -12.67 40.67
A Grand Jury Decided Against Charging 8 Cops Over Jayland Walker’s Shooting Death -9 41
Lori Vallow Daybell Trial: The Biggest Bombshells So Far 0 42.67
Why Barbie's Bestie Midge Was Once Pulled From Shelves 0 37.33
Apple Card Has A Savings Account Now, And The Interest Rate Is Better Than Most Banks' 0 39.67
This Nonbinary Author Wants You To Read As Many Trans Books As You Can This Week To Raise Money for Trans Rights -2.67 36
TikTok’s CEO Got Blasted By Both Sides During An Intense Congressional Hearing -0.67 41.33
JoJo Siwa Exposes Company's Response To Her Coming Out As Gay -1.67 33.67
An Appeals Court Ruled That The Parents Of The Oxford School Shooter Can Go To Trial For Involuntary Manslaughter 0 42.67
My Aunt Got Colorectal Cancer At 34. That’s More Common Today Than Ever Before. 0 42.67
“Love Is Blind” Season 4 Puts A Better Cast Through The Same Horrible Process 0 32.67
This TikTok-Famous Travel Bag Has A Way More Affordable Doppelgänger 0 30.67
Congress Wanted Me To Turn Over A Document About TikTok’s Links To China. Here’s Why I Refused. -12 36.33
A Parent Of A Parkland Shooting Victim Was Arrested At The Capitol After Arguing With Republican Lawmakers Over Gun Regulations -6.67 42.67
Prince William Visited An LGBTQ Restaurant In Poland, Which Still Doesn’t Recognize Same-Sex Unions -0.67 40
Jamie Lee Curtis Is Glad For Home Tests After She Got COVID-19 0 40
Tyler James Williams Almost Died From Crohn’s Disease When He Was 24. Here’s How The Chronic Illness Affects Young People. 0 47.67
A Black Man Flagged Down Police After A Traffic Collision. Four Hours Later, He Died In LAPD Custody. -10 38
"Micro-Influencers" Are Embracing Their Smaller, Engaged Audiences 0 38.67
“We Lost Our Beloved Ones For The Sake Of Education”: An Afghan Girl Who Survived A Suicide Attack In Her Classroom Isn’t Backing Down 0 45.67
Miley Cyrus’s Lyrics About Liam Hemsworth Breakup In New Song 0 32.67
The Golden Globes Are Still BS, And Jerrod Carmichael Called Them Out For It -1.33 35
Aerial Images Show The Severe Damage Caused By Storms In California 0 48
Damar Hamlin Has Been Released From The Hospital And Is Going Home 0 46.33

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