Houston Chronicle Bias and Reliability Overview

Houston Chronicle is a daily newspaper founded in 1901 based in Houston, Texas. The print publication has 825,000 daily readers, with 1.4 million on Sundays. The subscription-based website publishes content from the newspaper and records approximately 3.5 million visits per month. A separate, free website, chron.com, presents news, pop culture, food and lifestyle. The Chronicle is owned by the Hearst Corporation. It prints products in both English and Spanish. Ad Fontes Media rates Houston Chronicle in the middle category of bias and as most reliable 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 Houston Chronicle’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 44.85

Bias: -3.28

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
Senate vote has Texas 'constitutional carry' gun bill on verge of becoming law-0.545.67
Editorial: Gov. Abbott's 'wind turbine' excuse is full of hot air, while Texans are dying-741.29
Solomon: NBA's national anthem stance hardly a matter of patriotism-931.33
Online students won't have to take STAAR test, Texas Education Commissioner Morath says048.33
Man fatally shot by police in north Houston after pointing gun at officers, authorities say1.3350
COVID-19 exposed how unprepared Texas was for a pandemic. Here’s how experts say it can be fixed.041
Exposed: COVID-19 highlighted the failure to learn lessons from prior pandemics045.33
Texas was the first US state to surpass 1 million COVID-19 cases. Here’s why.-345.33
Smith: James Harden wants out of Houston. The Rockets should decide his future.038.67
Future of offshore drilling in the Gulf hangs on Biden’s leasing pledge-147.33
Trump caused deep splits among Christians. Will they ever be healed?-2.3342.67
2nd coronavirus vaccine is 94.5% effective in early tests, Moderna says0.6750
Houston researchers roll out COVID-killing machines-0.646.2
5 things to know about Parler, the right-wing-friendly social network-642
Dallas Fed: Most oil executives say U.S. production has peaked054.33
Rep. Dan Crenshaw calls wind and solar energy ‘silly solutions’ to climate change0.6747.67
UT study: Thousands of early COVID cases in Seattle, Wuhan may have gone undetected-1.3348.33
Suspended Harris County judge arrested, accused of firing gun during fight with husband's girlfriend-1.3347.33
Mask-shunning Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert draws ethics complaint from watchdog group-3.3346.67
McClain: Forced to do right thing, Washington owner profits nonetheless-4.5637.5