Common Dreams Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates Common Dreams in the Skews Left category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. 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.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for Common Dreams according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 39.39

Bias: -17.62

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
House Swept Into Yellowstone River as Record Flooding Offers Yet Another Glimpse of Climate Crisis -11 39.67
Opinion | Good Riddance to the Horrible Failures of CENTCOM -19.67 31.67
Progressives Hold the Line as 'Manchema' Side With Oligarchy Against Biden Agenda -17.33 39.33
Utilities Took $1.25 Billion in Pandemic Aid Then Shut Off Power to Households Nearly 1 Million Times: Report -10.67 41.33
Cori Bush, Progressive Lawmakers and Activists Hailed for New CDC Eviction Moratorium -19 39
'Blood Is on Abbott's Hands': Anger at GOP Leaders Surges as Food, Water Shortages Compound Texas Power Crisis -14.29 35.57
Under Pressure From Workers, Biden Requests Resignation of 'Extreme, Anti-Union' Labor Board Lawyer -12.33 38
Joy, Relief, and Healing as Biden Ends Trump's Racist Muslim Ban in Day One Executive Order -12.67 35
Lynching Political Correctness -11 38
Omar and Ocasio-Cortez Tell Josh Hawley to 'Resign'—And Poll Shows Majority of Missouri Voters Agree -15.67 31
'$2,000 Means $2,000': Ocasio-Cortez Says $1,400 Payments in Biden Plan Fall Short of Promised Relief -15.33 41
'Thoughts and Prayers to the NRA': Reviled Gun Lobby Group Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy -19.33 26.67
'Epic Level of Corruption': Postal Service Quietly Awards $5 Million Contract to DeJoy's Former Company -9.67 33.33
The Mobster-in-Chief -18.67 39
As Trump Enjoys Balcony Photo-Op, White House Cleaning Staff Sick With Covid-19 Told to Use 'Discretion' -14 37
Still 'Miles to Go' to Ensure a Safe and Fair Election, Rights Groups Say After DeJoy Announces Suspension of Changes to Mail Operations -23.33 45
'Silence Is Complicity': GOP Condemned for Doing Nothing as Trump Openly Touts Sabotage of Postal Service -10.2 44
Learning From the Hibakushas -10.17 38.17
'Just Comes Out and Says It': Trump Declares Postal Service Can't Handle Mail-In Voting Because He's Blocking Funding -17.33 46
As GOP Blocks Covid Relief, Experts Warn of 'Wave of Despair' and Devastating Anecdotes Show Crisis Already Here -18.33 47
'This Has to Stop': Oregon Senators Unveil Amendment to Bar Trump From Sending Secret Police Into US Cities -11.67 43.33
Time to Invest in Affordable Housing and Education, Not Tear Gas, Batons, and State-Sanctioned Murder -20.33 38
How NOT to Resist Trump: Kayleigh McEnany’s Anti-Science Comments -11.67 36
In Scathing Obituary, Texas Woman Blames GOP 'Carelessness' for Mother's 'Undeserving' Covid-19 Death -18 41.5
McConnell Laughs When Asked If Covid-19 Bill Will Pass by End of Next Week—When Unemployment Benefits Expire for 30 Million -20.33 34.33

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