Detroit Free Press Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates Detroit Free Press in the Skews Left category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. 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.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for Detroit Free Press according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 44.20

Bias: -6.89

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
The abortion rights amendment made Michigan's ballot. Here's exactly what it says -2.67 47.67
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Detroit Will Breathe protests Kyle Rittenhouse acquittal: Our fight for justice not over -20 16.67
US ignores Israeli persecution of Gaza residents | Opinion -18 32.33
US Capitol building breach 'almost textbook' sedition, legal expert says -1.67 47.67
At least 6 Michigan residents arrested in connection to US Capitol riot -1 48.33
Fact check: Trump falsely claims Michigan suddenly 'found' ballots to tip Senate race -1.75 44
False posts about Sharpies and ballots back this year 0 51.67
Judge throws out Trump lawsuit over counting of Michigan ballots -1.33 50.33
Whitmer calls on Michigan legislature to pass law requiring masks -3 50.67
Michigan Supreme Court rules against Whitmer on emergency powers but effect unclear 0 50
Oakland County unveils aggressive plan to boost business, now and after COVID-19 0 45.67
Michigan reports 30 new school outbreaks, but sees reduction in cases -1 50.67
Detroit Will Breathe demands charges be dropped against protesters in Shelby Township -0.67 51.67
Prosecutors say they discovered bomb materials connected with Whitmer kidnap plot 0 55.67
COVID-19 cases surge on Mackinac Island as season comes to an end -1 55.67
Michigan attorney general charges right-wing provocateurs with election felonies -4.33 48.67
Michigan high school football reinstated; games to start Sept. 17 1.33 52.67
Michigan reports 685 new coronavirus cases, 10 deaths Thursday -0.67 52
Michigan gyms, pools may reopen Sept. 9; organized sports may resume, Whitmer says -3.67 41.33
New Michigan unemployment claims drop to lowest levels since early on in pandemic 1 48.25
Michigan reports 1,121 new COVID-19 cases, highest daily total in months; 16 more deaths 0 55.5
Michigan SOS Benson to mail millions of postcards to encourage absentee voting -5 46
Black leaders call out Wayne State University for low Black Detroit student enrollment -4.33 38.33
Michigan reports 523 new coronavirus cases, 6 new deaths 0 52

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