Common Dreams Bias and Reliability Overview

Common Dreams is a nonprofit news website with the motto, “To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good.” It publishes breaking news and commentary that appeals to progressives. Founded in 1997, the organization has headquarters in Portland, Maine. The website records more than 4 millions visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Common Dreams in the skews left 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 Common Dreams’ overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 39.71

Bias: -17.95

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
Cori Bush, Progressive Lawmakers and Activists Hailed for New CDC Eviction Moratorium-1939
'Blood Is on Abbott's Hands': Anger at GOP Leaders Surges as Food, Water Shortages Compound Texas Power Crisis-14.2935.57
Under Pressure From Workers, Biden Requests Resignation of 'Extreme, Anti-Union' Labor Board Lawyer-12.3338
Joy, Relief, and Healing as Biden Ends Trump's Racist Muslim Ban in Day One Executive Order-12.6735
Lynching Political Correctness-1138
Omar and Ocasio-Cortez Tell Josh Hawley to 'Resign'—And Poll Shows Majority of Missouri Voters Agree-15.6731
'$2,000 Means $2,000': Ocasio-Cortez Says $1,400 Payments in Biden Plan Fall Short of Promised Relief-15.3341
'Thoughts and Prayers to the NRA': Reviled Gun Lobby Group Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy-19.3326.67
The Mobster-in-Chief-18.6739
As Trump Enjoys Balcony Photo-Op, White House Cleaning Staff Sick With Covid-19 Told to Use 'Discretion'-1437
Still 'Miles to Go' to Ensure a Safe and Fair Election, Rights Groups Say After DeJoy Announces Suspension of Changes to Mail Operations-23.3345
'Silence Is Complicity': GOP Condemned for Doing Nothing as Trump Openly Touts Sabotage of Postal Service-10.244
Learning From the Hibakushas-10.1738.17
'Just Comes Out and Says It': Trump Declares Postal Service Can't Handle Mail-In Voting Because He's Blocking Funding-17.3346
As GOP Blocks Covid Relief, Experts Warn of 'Wave of Despair' and Devastating Anecdotes Show Crisis Already Here-18.3347
'This Has to Stop': Oregon Senators Unveil Amendment to Bar Trump From Sending Secret Police Into US Cities-11.6743.33
Time to Invest in Affordable Housing and Education, Not Tear Gas, Batons, and State-Sanctioned Murder-20.3338
How NOT to Resist Trump: Kayleigh McEnany’s Anti-Science Comments-11.6736
In Scathing Obituary, Texas Woman Blames GOP 'Carelessness' for Mother's 'Undeserving' Covid-19 Death-1841.5
McConnell Laughs When Asked If Covid-19 Bill Will Pass by End of Next Week—When Unemployment Benefits Expire for 30 Million-20.3334.33
As Supreme Court Blocks Louisiana's Anti-Choice Law, Reproductive Rights Groups Breathe Sigh of Relief—and Prepare for Continued Fight-14.1141.22
Ocasio-Cortez Warns Biden That Just Throwing Progressives a 'Couple of Bones' Will Not Be Enough-17.3344.83
'This Merger Is a Monopolistic Disaster': Consumer Groups Decry Approval of T-Mobile/Sprint Deal-21.6730.67
NH Voter Says Live on MSNBC That Network's Effort to Tear Down Bernie Sanders Made Her Vote for Him-19.6730.33
'We're Just Getting Started,' Says Union Leader, as Worker Strike Activity Hits 35-Year High Under Trump-1941.67