CounterPunch Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Hyper-Partisan Left

Reliability: Mixed Reliability/Opinion OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates CounterPunch in the Hyper-Partisan Left category of bias and as Mixed Reliability/Opinion OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. CounterPunch is a magazine focusing on politics that is published bi-monthly. It began as a newsletter in 1994 created by Washington, D.C., investigative reporter Ken Silverstein. It describes its journalism as “fearless muckraking.” Based in California, the magazine is published in print and electronically. The CounterPunch website records an average of 2 million visits monthly.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 29.50

Bias: -20.08

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.

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Trump, Twitter and the Digital Town Hall -6.67 33.33
The Child Tax Credit Is a Proven Boost to American Families, So Why Are Conservative Democrats Trying to Stop It? -24 28.67
The Mounting Confusion of President Biden’s National Security Policy -19.67 27
Stop Calling the Military Budget a ‘Defense’ Budget -25 30.67
Roaming Charges: White Riot, I Wanna Riot of My Own -27 25.33
The Plot Against Libya -23.33 37
In Promoting New Nuclear Power, Biden-Harris Back Fiction Over Science -27.67 31.33
Roaming Charges: After/Math -29.67 25.33 -21.3 26.2
Trump and Covid -19 33
Why a Growing Force in Brazil Is Charging That President Jair Bolsonaro Has Committed Crimes Against Humanity -16 36
Don’t Stigmatise the Nuke! Opponents of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty -7.67 45
Nine Mile Ride: Why Police Reform Always Results in More Police Violence, Not Less -12.67 45.33
Losing Thoreau in Boston -10.33 25.33
Tear Gas, Beatings and Projectiles in Portland -15.67 38.33
Trumpfen Sturmabteilung (Trump’s Stormtroopers) -25 23.33
The UK’s Sinking Brexit Ship -18.17 33.33
Netanyahu’s Victory in Israel Tells Us About the Balance of Power in the Middle East -12.75 35
Why is the Venezuelan Government Rejecting U.S. Food Supplies? -15.75 40
A Land Uncharted: the Persecution of Julian Assange -27.33 21
Talking Trash: Unfortunate Truths About Recycling -10.33 39.5
Julian and Martin: Reflections on the Arrest of Assange -23.75 29.25

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