Detroit Free Press Bias and Reliability Overview

Detroit Free Press is the largest daily newspaper in Detroit, Michigan. Founded in 1831, it is now part of Gannett Co. Inc., which also publishes USA Today. The Free Press, sometimes called Freep, combined business operations with The Detroit News in 1987. The Free Press’ Sunday edition reaches more than 900,000 readers, while the daily edition has a circulation of 131,000. The newspaper’s website records more than 9.5 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Detroit Free Press 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 Detroit Free Press’ overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 48.09

Bias: -4.09

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
US ignores Israeli persecution of Gaza residents | Opinion-1832.33
US Capitol building breach 'almost textbook' sedition, legal expert says-1.6747.67
At least 6 Michigan residents arrested in connection to US Capitol riot-148.33
Fact check: Trump falsely claims Michigan suddenly 'found' ballots to tip Senate race-1.7544
False posts about Sharpies and ballots back this year051.67
Judge throws out Trump lawsuit over counting of Michigan ballots-1.3350.33
Whitmer calls on Michigan legislature to pass law requiring masks-350.67
Oakland County unveils aggressive plan to boost business, now and after COVID-19045.67
Michigan reports 30 new school outbreaks, but sees reduction in cases-150.67
Detroit Will Breathe demands charges be dropped against protesters in Shelby Township-0.6751.67
Prosecutors say they discovered bomb materials connected with Whitmer kidnap plot055.67
COVID-19 cases surge on Mackinac Island as season comes to an end-155.67
Michigan attorney general charges right-wing provocateurs with election felonies-4.3348.67
Michigan high school football reinstated; games to start Sept. 171.3352.67
Michigan reports 685 new coronavirus cases, 10 deaths Thursday-0.6752
Michigan gyms, pools may reopen Sept. 9; organized sports may resume, Whitmer says-3.6741.33
New Michigan unemployment claims drop to lowest levels since early on in pandemic148.25
Michigan reports 1,121 new COVID-19 cases, highest daily total in months; 16 more deaths055.5
Michigan SOS Benson to mail millions of postcards to encourage absentee voting-546
Black leaders call out Wayne State University for low Black Detroit student enrollment-4.3338.33
Michigan reports 523 new coronavirus cases, 6 new deaths052
Redford clerk ordered out of office over defamation claim-7.3344
Walled Lake teacher says he was fired after tweeting ‘Trump is our president’237
Detroit City Councilman Gabe Leland expected to plead guilty to misconduct in office-0.3351.83
Unrest spreading among Beaumont doctors on eve of possible merger050.33