FAIR Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Hyper-Partisan Left

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates FAIR in the Hyper-Partisan Left category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. 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.”

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 32.66

Bias: -19.36

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
Calling Russia’s Attack ‘Unprovoked’ Lets US Off the Hook 0 34
What You Should Really Know About Ukraine -18.67 26
It’s Aggression When ‘They’ Do It, but Defense When ‘We’ Do Worse -23.67 32.67
If Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Case Is a ‘Non-Issue,’ Why Have Media Gone to Such Lengths to Silence Him? -18.33 33.67
With Nicaragua, Scary Covid Projections Are More Newsworthy Than Hopeful Results -20 34.33
Chip Gibbons on Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale -20.33 36.33
‘We Really Can’t Take Anything These Companies Say at Face Value’ -21.33 35
New York State Hands Billions Back to Wealthy Investors—and NYT Doesn’t See a Story -21 36.33
‘Divisive’: How Corporate Media Dismiss Ideas Unpopular With Elites -20.67 33.33
Math Is Hard—but Vital for Understanding Vaccine Risks 0 44.33
Sunday Shows Hit Snooze on Climate Alarm -11.67 37.67
Elly Page on Anti-Protest Bills, Christy Mallory on Targeting Trans Youth -11.67 41.33
‘The System for Building Wealth Is Designed for White Wealth’ -11.33 34
‘Some of Our Most Profitable Companies Are Not Contributing to Our Basic Needs’ -5.67 35
Absolving Trump Means Erasing the Harm Done to Millions — FAIR -25.67 26.67
Diane Archer on Medicare for All, Sriram Madhusoodanan on Fossil Fuel Accountability -11.33 34
Corporate Media Deny Their Own Existence, Despite Driving Biden’s Primary Victory -20.33 28.33
As Construction Continues Amidst Covid-19 in DC Area, Bezos’ WaPo Raises Few Objections -20 28.33
Economic Reporting on Hardships of Pandemic Should Explore Market Failures -9 43.33
Both Sides-ing Bleach Injection -4 41
Covid-19 Speculation Goes From Margin to Center -18.33 33.33
‘The US Reaction to Pressure to Ease Sanctions Was to Double Down’ -25.33 26
Media Fail to Identify Xenophobia as Biden Says Trump ‘Rolled Over for Chinese’ -23.33 33.67
‘The Federal Government Has the Resources That Could Stave Off the Economic Pain People Are Already Feeling’ -19.67 32
‘Public Ownership Can Eliminate Some of Those Warped Incentives Associated With Monopoly’ -20.67 30

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