FAIR Bias and Reliability Overview

FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting) is a national media watch group that focuses on criticism of media bias and censorship. Since 1986, FAIR has worked with both journalists and activists to “invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints.” Ad Fontes Media rates FAIR in the hyper-partisan left category of bias and as mixed reliability 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 FAIR’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 32.91

Bias: -19.41

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
It’s Aggression When ‘They’ Do It, but Defense When ‘We’ Do Worse-23.6732.67
If Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Case Is a ‘Non-Issue,’ Why Have Media Gone to Such Lengths to Silence Him?-18.3333.67
With Nicaragua, Scary Covid Projections Are More Newsworthy Than Hopeful Results-2034.33
Chip Gibbons on Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale-20.3336.33
‘We Really Can’t Take Anything These Companies Say at Face Value’-21.3335
New York State Hands Billions Back to Wealthy Investors—and NYT Doesn’t See a Story-2136.33
‘Divisive’: How Corporate Media Dismiss Ideas Unpopular With Elites-20.6733.33
Math Is Hard—but Vital for Understanding Vaccine Risks044.33
Sunday Shows Hit Snooze on Climate Alarm-11.6737.67
Elly Page on Anti-Protest Bills, Christy Mallory on Targeting Trans Youth-11.6741.33
‘The System for Building Wealth Is Designed for White Wealth’-11.3334
‘Some of Our Most Profitable Companies Are Not Contributing to Our Basic Needs’-5.6735
Absolving Trump Means Erasing the Harm Done to Millions — FAIR-25.6726.67
Diane Archer on Medicare for All, Sriram Madhusoodanan on Fossil Fuel Accountability-11.3334
Corporate Media Deny Their Own Existence, Despite Driving Biden’s Primary Victory-20.3328.33
As Construction Continues Amidst Covid-19 in DC Area, Bezos’ WaPo Raises Few Objections-16.530.5
Economic Reporting on Hardships of Pandemic Should Explore Market Failures-943.33
Both Sides-ing Bleach Injection-441
Covid-19 Speculation Goes From Margin to Center-18.3333.33
‘The US Reaction to Pressure to Ease Sanctions Was to Double Down’-25.3326
Media Fail to Identify Xenophobia as Biden Says Trump ‘Rolled Over for Chinese’-23.3333.67
‘The Federal Government Has the Resources That Could Stave Off the Economic Pain People Are Already Feeling’-19.6732
‘Public Ownership Can Eliminate Some of Those Warped Incentives Associated With Monopoly’-20.6730
As US Consigns Iranians to Death, Corporate Media Look the Other Way-22.1729
Thank you, Bernie. Screw You, New York Times.-24.8322.5