Democracy Now Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Mixed Reliability/Opinion OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates Democracy Now in the Skews Left category of bias and as Mixed Reliability/Opinion OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. Democracy Now is an independent TV, radio and Internet news program. The hourlong broadcast airs on hundreds of radio and TV stations worldwide on weekdays. Founded in 1996, the station is based in New York City. The program’s website records more than 3 million visits per month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 31.38

Bias: -16.48

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
Florida Senate Approves Highly Contested “Don’t Say Gay” Bill Despite Widespread Outcry -16.33 21.33
Nuclear War Risk Rises as Tension Mounts Between Nuclear Superpowers over Ukraine -2.33 45.33
The Lone Star All-Stars: Don’t Mess with Texas Voting Rights -11.33 36.67
George Floyd, Cariol Horne, and the Duty to Intervene -14.33 34.67
Anti Protest Laws Grant Drivers License to Kill -24.67 17
Princeton and UPenn Teach with the Bones of Murdered Children -14.67 28.67
Voter Suppression: The Republican War on Facts, Snacks and Democracy -16.67 30.33
Profiting from Pardons: Giuliani Aide Told CIA Whistleblower a Trump Pardon Would Cost $2 Million -8.33 25.67
Steve Bannon Among Final Trump Pardons and Commutations -5.33 47.33
Trump Tells Aides Not to Pay Giuliani’s Legal Fees as Bid to Overturn Election Fails -23.67 43.33
U.S. Economy Shrank at Record-Breaking 31.4% Annualized Rate in Second Quarter -9 35.67
California Surpasses New York in Total Coronavirus Cases -9.62 48.62
COVID-19 Lays Bare South Africa’s Rampant Inequality & Fault Lines of Post-Apartheid Society -10.4 39.4
As COVID Spikes in California, Latinx Workers Who “Keep the State Going” See Up to 5x the Deaths -12.67 35.67
As U.S. Records 1,000 More COVID-19 Deaths, Trump Admits “It Will Get Worse Before It Gets Better” -7.67 37.33
Portland Protests Grow Despite Violent Crackdown from Militarized Federal Agents & Local Police -19 31.29
Rep. Ilhan Omar Faces Death Threats & “Dangerous Hate Campaign” as Right-Wing Attacks Continue -16.67 32.67
Dems Probing Report of Trump Pardon for Blocking Entry to Migrants -16 46.33
DOJ Orders Denial of Bond to Migrants, Allowing for Indefinite Detention -7.33 49.33
ICC Makes “Dangerous Decision” to Drop Probe into U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan After U.S. Pressure -24.67 22.67
Extinction Rebellion: Meet the Famed Climate Attorney Who Superglued Herself Outside Shell’s U.K. HQ -24 39.33
As Joe Biden Hints at Presidential Run, Andrew Cockburn Looks at His “Disastrous Legislative Legacy” -20.29 32.71
ACLU: The U.S. Is Acting Like an Authoritarian Regime by Barring ICC Officials Probing War Crimes -12 34.5
U.S. Accused of Trying to Unconstitutionally Strip Citizenship of U.S.-Born Woman Who Joined ISIS -12.25 36.75

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