Fair Observer Bias and Reliability Overview

Fair Observer is a nonprofit media organization that aims to present information from a global perspective. Through its citizen journalism format, it publishes information from contributors in 90 countries. The website records more than 96,000 visits per month. The Fair Observer also offers civic education programs on subjects such as digital media and writing. It is based in San Francisco, California. Ad Fontes Media rates Fair Observer in the skews 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 Observer’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 36.85

Bias: -8.24

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
International Monitors Found No Fraud in US Election-7.3346
Donald Trump’s Treason Against the American People-2527.33
Georgia Runoffs Will Decide How Biden Will Govern-2.6746.67
When Bad Customers Love Your Brand0.3339
Emmanuel Macron’s Dishonorable Legion-21.3336
Will Bolsonaro Leave Trumpism Behind to Embrace a Biden-led US?-541.33
What the Democrats Need to Understand About America-6.3340.67
Joe Biden Will Face a Much-Changed and Skeptical World-1439.67
Why Education Is Democracy’s Best Bet-13.6730
Glenn Greenwald: The Borderline Between Editing and Censorship-1.6745.67
Can America Restore Its Democracy?-11.6742
Joe Biden and the Fragile Realm of Possibilities-128.83
Donald Trump and the “Kung Flu”-17.3334
Does Joe Biden’s Transition to the Center Have Any Meaning Today?-8.6735.33
Was the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki the Mother of All War Crimes?10.2534.5
A Double Twist in Russiagate2026.67
India Must Abandon Nehru’s Failed Non-Aligned Policy to Confront China2.3336.67
The Travails of America’s Higher Education-12.6733
How Will COVID-19 Change Our World?-4.3332
Opposing Repressive Regimes in the Middle East Is a Death Sentence-2.945.2
Steven Pinker and the Debate Over “Cancel Culture”-10.533.38