Charleston Gazette-Mail Bias and Reliability Overview

Charleston Gazette-Mail is a daily newspaper and website based in Charleston, West Virginia. It was founded in 1873 and is now owned by HD Media. The Gazette-Mail won a Pulitzer Prize in 2017, in addition to other media awards. The website records approximately visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Charleston Gazette-Mail in the middle 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 Charleston Gazette-Mail’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 45.43

Bias: -3.71

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
Gazette-Mail editorial: Manchin finally getting off the fence-11.3336.33
WVU football: Coaches confident Sam James will bounce back from dropped passes037.33
Dr. Cathy Slemp: WV not as green as our COVID-19 map portrays-143.33
Gazette-Mail editorial: Gov. Justice has lost credibility on COVID-19-3.6739.67
West Virginia hasn't been hit by election interference, secretary of state says048
Maroney claims latest allegations against him are part of political ploy; Glen Dale Police Dept. disagrees044.67
T-Rex Science Center to close by year's end046
Community rallies to help newborn, family in wake of mother's COVID-19 death-0.3345.67
After 6-month wait, Justice unveils program to pay delinquent utility bills-4.3349.67
WV now showing county-by-county school spending online053
Nearly 3 years since strike, health coverage has remained stable for WV's public workers. But cuts loom, with no long-term fix in sight.-7.3348
DEP hoping wheels of justice turn swiftly following tire theft041.33
Local teen records album, releases first single039
After long break, music slowly returning to the Mountain State0.6746
Court filing: Police arrested known prostitute after leaving WV Senate HHR chairman's home in August-1.3350
Kanawha officials discuss safety precautions at early voting locations053
As COVID-19 cases rise in rural counties, Justice calls for more testing-0.6751.33