CounterPunch Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Hyper-Partisan Left

Reliability: Unreliable, Problematic


Ad Fontes Media rates CounterPunch in the Hyper-Partisan Left category of bias and as Unreliable, Problematic in terms of reliability. CounterPunch is an online magazine focusing on politics. It began as a newsletter in 1994 created by Washington, D.C., investigative reporter Ken Silverstein. Based in California, CounterPunch is a nonprofit organization that is funded by donations and subscriptions.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 20.83

Bias: -21.96

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 0 48 -29.33 22.33 -29.33 14.33 -3 34.33
A Crisis in the Palestinian Authority -7 38
Women are Key to Ending World Hunger -2.67 42
The Squeaker of the House Is Gone, Now What? -20 28.33
Gaza Seized the Initiative: Might vs Willpower -35.33 17.67
Labor Education Starts in School -22 24.67
The Lamentable and Inevitable Israeli-Hamas War -23 31
On Israel’s Settler-Democratic Reform -15 40.67
The South China Sea’s Resource Wars: It’s Not Only About Fossil Fuels -21.67 32.67
Big Privatized Healthcare Fraud in Maine -22.33 33.67
The Supreme Court is Joe Biden’s Best Political Friend for 2024 -5 31.67
U.S. Cluster Bombs to Ukraine: An Act of Desperation -10.33 31.33
Africa's Challenges 0 36
Letter from London: Birthrights -1.67 32
The Real Reason Disney is Defying DeSantis -28.67 7.33
Australia: Outsourced to the US Military Establishment 0 6.67
The Coming War: Speak Up, Now -33.67 11.67
Is Politics All in the Mind? 0 45
Is This What You Voted For? -29 27
Treaty Law Enforcer Endures Prison, While U.S. Nuclear Bombs in Europe Give Putin an Idea -24 34
Banning Abortion Pills: Choosing Between Secularism and Moralism -16.33 30.33
Concerned about the Southern Border? Give the Northern Triangle More Options -17.67 33