Deseret News Bias and Reliability Overview

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. Ad Fontes Media rates Deseret News in the middle category of bias and as most reliable in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral 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.

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

Reliability: 44.29

Bias: 0.76

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

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 the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating a news article. To determine its reliability score, we consider the article’s veracity, expression, and its headline and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall reliability score.

To determine an article’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position and how it compares to other stories from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall bias score.

Article URLBiasReliability
Arches park ranger warned Gabby Petito her relationship seemed ‘toxic’044.67
What is the COVID ‘white fungus’ in India?045.33
Why Arizona’s election recount is facing concerns of ballot security-3.6745
Is D.C. statehood about fair representation or Democratic power grab?12.3336.67
U.S. Capitol Police Officer William F. Evans killed, another injured, after being attacked Friday-1.6748.33
Afterschool programs struggling to meet COVID-19 surge in need-4.3347.67
Pignanelli and Webb: Trump helped Republicans, but couldn’t save himself5.3337
Romney, bipartisan Senate group to propose 2-part coronavirus relief plan-0.3348.33
What you need to know about Parler146.11
Utah school district quarantines hundreds of students after COVID-19 exposure-1.6743
What’s behind President Trump telling North Carolina voters to vote twice?-5.6739.33
What is antifa and how does it relate to the season of protests?1.6749.33
College football 2020: What are each of the FBS conferences doing?045
Substitute teachers weigh risks of going back to school during COVID-19 pandemic1.3344
National jobless claims dropped last week, but U.S. economy still short 10 million workers-248
How a recent surge in concern about child sex trafficking has links to online conspiracy community QAnon-937.5
Sen. Mike Lee sprays praise on Trump administration move to end ‘showerhead tyranny’-1.2539
BYU forward Wyatt Lowell announces he’s undergoing surgery on injured shoulder049.33
Twitter has decided to take down 7,000 accounts linked to QAnon. So what is QAnon?-4.8849.25
Mitt Romney questions Trump getting ‘cozy’ with dictators, direction of GOP-0.9240.92
Salt Lake City’s VP debate will have a live audience0.6748
Why 2 Utahns in Congress say the Great American Outdoors Act isn’t so great6.6742.67