Deseret News Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates Deseret News in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Deseret News is the longest-running newspaper in Utah, founded in 1850 by pioneers at “the edge of the American frontier.” It is a subsidiary of the Deseret Management Corporation, which is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Deseret News is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Its website records more than 4 million visits per month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 43.99

Bias: 0.78

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
Why these Christian leaders want churches to celebrate Juneteenth 1.33 37.33
Arches park ranger warned Gabby Petito her relationship seemed ‘toxic’ 0 44.67
What is the COVID ‘white fungus’ in India? 0 45.33
Why Arizona’s election recount is facing concerns of ballot security -3.67 45
Is D.C. statehood about fair representation or Democratic power grab? 12.33 36.67
U.S. Capitol Police Officer William F. Evans killed, another injured, after being attacked Friday -1.67 48.33
Afterschool programs struggling to meet COVID-19 surge in need -4.33 47.67
Pignanelli and Webb: Trump helped Republicans, but couldn’t save himself 5.33 37
Romney, bipartisan Senate group to propose 2-part coronavirus relief plan -0.33 48.33
What you need to know about Parler 1 46.11
Utah school district quarantines hundreds of students after COVID-19 exposure -1.67 43
What’s behind President Trump telling North Carolina voters to vote twice? -5.67 39.33
What is antifa and how does it relate to the season of protests? 1.67 49.33
College football 2020: What are each of the FBS conferences doing? 0 45
Substitute teachers weigh risks of going back to school during COVID-19 pandemic 1.33 44
National jobless claims dropped last week, but U.S. economy still short 10 million workers -2 48
How a recent surge in concern about child sex trafficking has links to online conspiracy community QAnon -9 37.5
Sen. Mike Lee sprays praise on Trump administration move to end ‘showerhead tyranny’ -1.25 39
BYU forward Wyatt Lowell announces he’s undergoing surgery on injured shoulder 0 49.33
Twitter has decided to take down 7,000 accounts linked to QAnon. So what is QAnon? -4.88 49.25
Mitt Romney questions Trump getting ‘cozy’ with dictators, direction of GOP -0.92 40.92
Salt Lake City’s VP debate will have a live audience 0.67 48
Why 2 Utahns in Congress say the Great American Outdoors Act isn’t so great 6.67 42.67

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