Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Overall Score

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

Reliability: 43.33

Bias: -4.85

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 URLBiasReliability
The science everyone needs to know about climate change, in 6 charts048
Congress passes $1T infrastructure bill – but how does the government go about spending that much money?-1.6746
East Coast flooding is a reminder that sea level is rising as the climate warms – here’s why the ocean is pouring in more often-3.3346.33
Is COVID-19 here to stay? A team of biologists explains what it means for a virus to become endemic045.33
Suburban voters responded to GOP culture war pitch in Virginia governor’s race, and showed all politics are now national2.6742.67
As the Taliban returns, 20 years of progress for women looks set to disappear overnight041.67
The disturbing history of how conservatorships were used to exploit, swindle Native Americans-8.6740.33
Women make fewer political donations and risk being ignored by elected officials-6.3339.67
Taliban seize Herat and assault nearby dam that provides water and power to hundreds of thousands of Afghans044
Why Warren Buffett is a model for his billionaire peers-3.6739.33
Biden’s new Wuhan lab leak investigation ramps up US-China blame game-541.33
How New York’s 19th-century Jews turned Purim into an American party042.67
Australia vs. Facebook-1.3346
4 ways to close the COVID-19 racial health gap-246.33
The reality of Black men’s love lives and marriages is very different than what’s usually shown on TV – I spent years actually talking to them-0.6748.33
Why do so few clergy serve in Congress?-0.3343.67
While the Supreme Court deliberates on the Affordable Care Act, Congress and the White House may act-6.3342
New Yorkers knew Donald Trump first – and they spurned him before many American voters did-6.3338.33
Preserving cultural and historic treasures in a changing climate may mean transforming them-2.5843.92
President-elect Biden’s new COVID-19 task force gives the US a fresh chance to turn around a public health disaster-8.0838.83
What the CDC eviction ban means for tenants and landlords: 6 questions answered-246.75
Plants might be able to tell us about the location of dead bodies, helping families find missing people-139.75
Why COVID-19 vaccines need to prioritize ‘superspreaders’-0.6746
To stop police shootings of people with mental health disabilities, I asked them what cops – and everyone – could do to help-743.67
Mail-in voting’s potential problems only begin at the post office – an underfunded, underprepared decentralized system could be trouble-2.2544.25