Bias and Reliability Overview is the digital edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, with coverage focusing on news in the state of Ohio. It is owned by Advance Publications. The website records approximately 10.3 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates 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’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 46.85

Bias: -0.67

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
Mike Golic’s long ESPN career will come to a close at Fiesta Bowl-0.3343.17
Is the coronavirus pandemic causing us to become an athleisure society? We asked local fashion experts and brands-0.6741
Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley blasts DoorDash for charging customers ‘Cleveland fee’-4.6741.33
Ohio reports 8,178 new coronavirus cases: Wednesday update050
How the pandemic is messing with kids’ mental health: Coping through COVID044
Cleveland cop fired for stepping on man’s neck, using Taser on man in separate incidents145.33
Strongsville schools plan return to in-person learning in mid-January048
Ohio Supreme Court rules in favor of city in case brought by South Euclid Municipal Court048
Ohio behind on vaccine shipments, but officials say new doses on the way048.83
Three Cleveland police officers accused of attacking fellow officer during brawl at union hall0.3347.33
Ohio Senate avoids a Gov. Mike DeWine veto override vote on public health orders in an 11th hour bill amendment-0.3346
Lawmakers pass bill increasing penalties for trespassing, committing crimes at oil refineries, power stations, natural gas pipelines, other projects0.3348
National Guard member assaulted in jail, report says: Overnight News Links049.67
Ohio lawmakers to end session without addressing scandal-drenched House Bill 6-148.33
Gov. Mike DeWine says he hasn’t read letter from former PUCO commissioners calling for more aggressive investigation of FirstEnergy-1.6748.67
Cleveland reports 207 new cases of coronavirus: Tuesday update049
Columbus police officer on noise complaint shoots, kills unarmed Black man-0.6748.33
Nurses question hospitals’ claims they’re contracting coronavirus in the community instead of at work-4.3348.33