Fair Observer Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates Fair Observer in the Skews Left category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. 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.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 36.19

Bias: -9.15

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
Who Won the Match: Tucker Carlson or Pete Buttigieg? -7.33 31.33
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NATO’s Innovation of Mind Control -5 29.33
International Monitors Found No Fraud in US Election -7.33 46
Donald Trump’s Treason Against the American People -25 27.33
Georgia Runoffs Will Decide How Biden Will Govern -2.67 46.67
When Bad Customers Love Your Brand 0.33 39
Emmanuel Macron’s Dishonorable Legion -21.33 36
Will Bolsonaro Leave Trumpism Behind to Embrace a Biden-led US? -5 41.33
What the Democrats Need to Understand About America -6.33 40.67
Joe Biden Will Face a Much-Changed and Skeptical World -14 39.67
Why Education Is Democracy’s Best Bet -13.67 30
Glenn Greenwald: The Borderline Between Editing and Censorship -1.67 45.67
Can America Restore Its Democracy? -11.67 42
Joe Biden and the Fragile Realm of Possibilities -1 28.83
Donald Trump and the “Kung Flu” -17.33 34
Does Joe Biden’s Transition to the Center Have Any Meaning Today? -8.67 35.33
Was the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki the Mother of All War Crimes? 10.25 34.5
A Double Twist in Russiagate 20 26.67
The Brain Malfunction Affecting the US and Its Respectable Media -19 39.5
India Must Abandon Nehru’s Failed Non-Aligned Policy to Confront China 2.33 36.67
The Travails of America’s Higher Education -12.67 33
How Will COVID-19 Change Our World? -4.33 32

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