Fiscal Times Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates Fiscal Times in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Fiscal Times is a digital news website that focuses on the U.S. national debt, federal budget, entitlements, health care and taxes. Based in New York City, the website was launched in 2010. It records approximately 154,000 visits per month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 44.85

Bias: -0.38

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
Biden’s $6 Trillion Budget for 2022: 6 Takeaways 0 47.67
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Is Inflation About to Run Wild? -2 47.67
Republicans Release $928 Billion Counteroffer on Infrastructure -1.67 47
Deficits Likely to Be Bigger Than Biden’s Budget Projects 2 45.33
Biden Offers to Slash Infrastructure Plan in Bid for GOP Support 0.33 44.67
Biden Announces Spending to Reduce Racial Wealth Gap -4.33 45.67
Covid Relief Checks Sharply Reduced Suffering: Analysis -3.33 46.33
Biden Offers Major Concession in Infrastructure Talks -1.67 46.67
Trump’s Unemployment Plan Would Provide an Extra $300 per Week: White House -2 42.67
Is Trump’s Unemployment Benefit Plan Legal? -5 34.33
Coronavirus Relief Talks Still ‘Miles Apart’ 1.67 47
Trump’s Fact-Challenged Interview With Fox News -10.67 43
Food Stamp Enrollment Soars Amid Pandemic 4.33 44
Republicans in Disarray on Coronavirus Relief Bill -2.33 38.67
Biden Unveils $775 Billion Plan for Universal Preschool and Caregivers -0.89 44.11
GOP Eyes Short-Term Extension of Unemployment Benefit at Reduced Level -2.7 42.5
What’s New in Bernie Sanders’ New Medicare for All Plan -0.67 45.33
Would Medicare for All Cost More Than the Current System? 2 40
Charts of the Day: GAO Warns U.S. Is on Unsustainable Fiscal Path 1 47.5
Are US Workers More Highly Taxed Than They Think? 2.67 43.67
Fact Check: Did Trump Bring Down Drug Prices for the First Time in 50 Years? -3.67 39.33
60% of This Year’s Deficit Is the Result of Tax Cuts and Other Recent Legislation: CRFB 4.67 41.33
Republicans Push Ahead on Medicaid Restrictions -5.8 40.6

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