Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Overview

Ad Fontes Media rates Houston Chronicle in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. 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.

Overall Score

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

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 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