Dallas Morning News Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates Dallas Morning News in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Dallas Morning News is a daily newspaper and website based in Dallas, Texas. It has been focused on news important to North Texas since 1885 and is owned by A.H. Belo Corporation. The DMN also produces the weekly Al Dia, twice-weekly Briefing and online site, FWD>DFW, focused on health and education. All content is featured on DallasNews.com, which records approximately 14.7 million visits per month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 44.30

Bias: -3.01

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
Gov. Greg Abbott calls for investigation into Harris County election 0.67 44.33
Female doctors earn less than men because of gender bias, but change is coming -4.33 34.33
Southlake teachers told to include ‘opposing’ views if providing books on Holocaust, NBC reports -1 45
‘We have to do a little more’: Center steps up to register underserved South Dallas residents for vaccine 0 48
Dallas County adds 20 COVID-19 deaths; 183 deaths in 7 days shatters record set only a week ago 0 48
Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade on Greenville Avenue in 2021 is canceled, says Mark Cuban 0 46
How Trump could factor into legal defenses of North Texans accused of threats and storming Capitol -0.33 40.67
Dallas board approves millions more for tornado-ravaged high school, but trustees unhappy with process 0 45.67
With today’s generation of athletes, coaches are better off letting players police themselves 0 36.67
It’s time we evangelicals have a talk about Christian nationalism 5.33 36
What you need to know about coronavirus 0 50
Feds say Plano man used company cards to fund $1.6M in personal expenses, including plane tickets, laser tag 0 48
Dallas Police Chief Eddie García will be certified on first day on the job -0.83 46.83
COVID vaccine skepticism threatens to handicap Texas’ economic recovery -2 40
Bleak financial future for Texas? Poll shows Texans’ skepticism over COVID vaccine, state economy 1.33 40.67
Mark Cuban: The Reddit WallStreetBets crowd could have positive, long-lasting trading effects 0 38.67
What you need to know about getting a COVID-19 vaccine at Dallas’ convention center 0 47.67
AOC to Ted Cruz: ‘You almost had me murdered’ 4.33 40.33
We can escape ideological madness by convicting Trump 4.67 34.67
Will DACA survive the litigation roller coaster? -8 43
Button and Meyer pull ahead in Dallas, rest of races still led by Democrats -3.67 52.33
Trump demands end to vote-counting to avert unspecified ‘fraud’; Biden side calls unprecedented effort ‘outrageous’ -9.67 48
Another big warehouse project is on the way in North Fort Worth 0 50
Far-right extremists pose rising threat in North Texas around election, FBI’s Dallas office says -6.67 49
Dallas-area football stat leaders (Sept. 30): See the top performers in each classification 0 50

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