Detroit News Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates The Detroit News in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. The Detroit News is a daily newspaper based in Detroit, Michigan, since 1873. It has won three Pulitzer Prizes and is now owned by Digital First Media. The News combined business operations with The Detroit Free Press in 1987. Published six days a week, The News has an estimated circulation of 113,000. The website records an average of more than 5.5 million visits per month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 46.85

Bias: -2.84

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
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GOP Rep. Meijer receiving threats after 'vote of conscience' to impeach Trump 1.33 48.67
Small businesses in Michigan can access $55 million in COVID relief 0 50.67
What to know about getting vaccinated for COVID-19 in Michigan 0 53
Tlaib, activists call for state probe of tax overassessments in Detroit -4.33 47
Former West Bloomfield Twp. police chief Ronald Cronin dies 0 50.33
For Metro Detroit Catholics, virus won't keep them from Christmas Mass 0 47.33
Fake ATF agent arrested by real ATF agents, feds say 0 37.33
Peters on James' refusal to concede: 'It's pathetic. They lost' -8.67 46
Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency director resigns 0 51
The election is over, but unease is running unopposed 0 35.33
President Trump prompts anti-Whitmer chants of 'lock her up' -6.67 48
Michigan AG Dana Nessel files charges against GOP operatives over robocalls -5.43 32.71
Snyder endorses Biden, aims to win over Michigan GOP 'moderates' -1.67 47.33
Whitmer: Indoor and outdoor sports allowed; Michigan gyms can reopen 0 49
State courts issue guidance on new CDC eviction moratorium -1.67 48.67
Police commissioner sues over arrest at board meeting -1.75 50.5
Postal Service: Michigan deadlines for mail-in voting might disqualify some ballots -8 45.67
Michigan adds 16 deaths, tops 90,000 cases due to COVID-19 0.25 51.75
Michigan's key COVID-19 statistic was wrong; blame Idaho -2.67 48.33
Michigan has confirmed more than 75,000 COVID-19 cases since early March 0 50.33
Aretha movie 'Respect' to now bow on MLK weekend to audiences nationwide -1.33 45
Michigan House OKs bill keeping COVID-19 patients out of nursing homes 2.67 44.67

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