Chicago Sun-Times Bias and Reliability

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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

Overview

Ad Fontes Media rates Chicago Sun-Times in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Chicago Sun-Times is a daily newspaper published in Chicago, Illinois, since 1948. It focuses on news in Chicago, northern Illinois and the Midwest. The newspaper has won eight Pulitzer Prizes. The Sun-Times has a daily readership of 680,000, with a Sunday readership of almost 800,000. The website reaches approximately 4.5 million visits per month.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for Chicago Sun-Times according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 46.65

Bias: -4.26

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
Jussie Smollett juror: Split decision was ‘favor’ to actor after debate over final count 0 41.67
Lollapalunacy? Experts split on whether jammed music fest is ‘bad idea’ or ‘basically OK’ as COVID-19 cases quadruple 0 44.33
Woman in prison for 1987 killing of Kankakee media heir gets chance at freedom 0 44.33
Trump showerhead rule on more water flow goes down the drain -3.67 43
Board of Review benches employee who allegedly took bribes for property tax breaks 0 47.33
Despite judge’s ruling, Chicago-area immigration activist still hopeful: ‘It’s not the end and we can fight’ -9.67 43.33
Former Ald. Proco ‘Joe’ Moreno gets ‘second chance’ after pleading guilty in felony case 0 45
Housing advocates push to preserve two-flats in Chicago -7.33 42.67
Man charged with fatal shooting during Puerto Rican Day parade, but police say victim ‘more than likely’ shot his girlfriend accidentally -0.33 46
FBI agent who fought VA for GI Bill college benefits wins appeal; case could help vets nationwide -0.67 46.33
As top cop blames courts for violence, Foxx’s office says charges approved in 84% of July Fourth weekend cases 0 46.67
Northwestern urges cancer patients to check statements after data breach 0 48.33
Chicago police union prez says deal reached in contract talks, but that’s news to Lightfoot -1.33 46
Chicago Teachers Union votes to refuse in-person work, defy Chicago Public Schools’ reopening plan -1.67 46.17
In the spotlight with Trump impeachment, Illinois GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger won’t rule out a statewide run -3.67 46
Chaos, violence, mockery as pro-Trump mob occupies Congress -5.33 45
Nearly 900 CTA workers have had COVID-19; 18 of them drove the busy No. 79 or No. 49 bus routes -7.33 46
‘Epic failure’ of Illinois’ legal weed backers in Springfield to keep promises on diversity -12 46.67
Lightfoot’s budget threat to Black Caucus makes her ‘no different than Daley or Rahm,’ alderman says -4.33 41.33
Coronavirus ‘running rampant’ in Illinois with 15,415 new cases — most ever reported by any state in the U.S. -3.67 49
Now-closed McCormick Place COVID-19 hospital cost taxpayers $15M to staff, run 5.33 48
7,538 new COVID-19 cases reported; state’s second-highest daily count 0 50.67
Planning commissioner gets earful from aldermen about top-down management style 1.67 45.33
Weed a clear winner Tuesday as 6 suburbs vote to allow recreational sales, 5 states legalize pot in some form -3 48
Video shows Cook County sheriff’s police shooting armed man running from SW Side traffic stop -0.67 51

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