Christian Science Monitor Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates Christian Science Monitor in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Christian Science Monitor is a nonprofit news organization that publishes a website and weekly print edition. It was founded in 1908 by Mary Baker Eddy, founder of The First Church of Christ, Scientist. The Monitor has won seven Pulitzer Prizes, in addition to other awards.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for Christian Science Monitor according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 44.59

Bias: -2.13

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
US bid to cement global leadership stumbles in Gaza -2.33 39.33
Pacific Northwest states search for gun control solutions -5 43.67
US bipartisan lawmakers agree on more school safety measures -3.67 43.33
Finland joins NATO, bolsters security across Euro-Atlantic region 0 44.67
Abortion, voting rights in question in Wisconsin Supreme Court race -1.67 41.33
With ‘not guilty,’ Trump enters period of potential legal peril 1 41.67
Donald Trump arraignment: US history or just another day in court? -0.67 29.33
Will Ron DeSantis become the GOP’s standard-bearer? 5.67 41.67
First draft of history: What overturning Roe could mean for US 0 46
Power pivot: What happens in states where wind dethrones King Coal? -3.33 45.67
‘Constitutional carry’ comes to Texas. The trend in five charts. -4.33 44.67
Meet the gun owners who support (some) gun control 1.67 46.33
Biden redefined ‘bipartisan.’ GOP moderates say it leaves them out. -0.33 45.67
Reopen public schools? How Chicago became ground zero for debate. 0.67 46
Monday Sunrise Briefing: A US push for accountability 0.33 43.33
‘A fearless fighter’: Biden taps Kamala Harris for VP -4.67 43.33
In South Africa, female ministers have a message: It’s time for equality -5 45.33
Trump’s executive actions: Legal? Helpful? Three questions. 0 47.33
Beirut’s challenge: A wealth of volunteers and a deficit of trust -3.67 47
In a polarized world, what does ‘follow the science’ mean? 1.67 49.33
They’ve faced brutal cops abroad. Now they’re advising US protesters. -8.67 44
More parents are home schooling. How that will change public education. 3.33 47
This Georgia city beat back COVID-19. It wishes states would pay attention. -1.33 47.33
Next pandemic threat to economy: A wave of evictions -6.33 44.33
As China tensions rise, Trump and Biden spar for ‘tough guy’ mantle -1.33 48.33


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