Hartford Courant Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates Hartford Courant in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Hartford Courant is a multimedia company based in Hartford, Connecticut. Founded in 1764, the Courant is the nation’s oldest continuously published newspaper in America. Part of the Tribune Publishing Company, the newspaper has won two Pulitzer Prizes. The newspaper has an average circulation of 135,000 on Sundays and 93,000 on weekdays. The website records 2.9 million visits per month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 48.00

Bias: -1.06

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
Editor’s Note: Why you won’t see many mug shots on courant.com anymore -2 48.67
As COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands, Connecticut hospitals not getting enough supply to keep pace with rising demand 0 49.67
Connecticut will soon begin the massive and months-long task of vaccinating the entire state 0 49
Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut formally expands next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations; state reports lowest single-day positivity rate in months 0 48.33
Inside the U.S. Capitol: Connecticut lawmakers evacuated as pro-Trump insurgents storm building -1.67 48.33
No, Dominion voting machines did not cause widespread problems -3.33 47.22
Close to 80% turnout expected in presidential election in Connecticut as absentee ballot counting will continue through Wednesday 0.5 43.67
East Hartford settles with police officer who filed human rights complaint -4.6 38.4
Waterbury voters: Columbus statue should stay on city land -0.17 52.83
More Democrats in the General Assembly could lead to legal marijuana, but Gov. Lamont says he opposes higher taxes for wealthy -0.83 50.67
Gov. Lamont says towns need to clamp down on illegal crowds at restaurants in Connecticut. But can they -- and how much are these episodes contributing to COVID-19 spread? 0 44.67
Daily coronavirus updates: All indoor and outdoor gatherings capped at 10 people, as more than half of Connecticut now under ‘red-alert’ advisory; sports highly restricted 0 53.67
In the search for workers to make submarines in Connecticut and Rhode Island, industry group surveys supply chain about job details 0 53.33
Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut reports zero deaths for third consecutive day, lowest positivity rate ever 0.33 35.67
5 men charged in brazen shooting outside Bridgeport courthouse that targeted rival gang members, federal prosecutors say 1.67 46.33
New Haven schools plan to reopen completely online, in contrast to Gov. Ned Lamont’s preference for some in-person learning -6 46
To combat surging COVID-19 cases elsewhere, Connecticut requiring quarantine for travelers from 31 states 0 51
Parent surveys suggest most want their children in school this fall, but many families remain uncertain -1.67 50.67
‘An eternity in COVID time:' Connecticut residents report long waits for coronavirus test results -2 49.67
Daily coronavirus updates: For second day in row, Connecticut reports zero coronavirus deaths -1.4 52.2

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