The Independent Bias and Reliability Overview

The Independent is a British online newspaper based in London. It is promoted as being “independent of political party allegiance.” The print edition was founded in 1986 and ended publication in 2016. The Independent reaches 24.6 million readers through its various platforms, with its U.S. edition reporting a growing audience. Ad Fontes Media rates The Independent in the skews left 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 The Independent’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 41.73

Bias: -10.35

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
Ted Cruz claims ‘the Left hates America’ in clash with Cori Bush over 4 July-143
Britney Spears: New documents about the star’s conservatorship should worry all women-343
I don’t know how I feel about Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday-15.3331
Arizona Democrat stays mum on why she missed Capitol riot commission vote-7.6745.67
Joe Biden has been president for 24 hours. Here is everything he’s done so far-1.3346.67
Biden executive orders: President signs mask mandate, repeals Mulsim Ban and rejoins Paris Climate Agreement-2.6747.33
Trump’s inner circle in turmoil: Rift with Giuliani, Hicks out and Kushner struggling-6.3344.67
Trump coronavirus news: Live updates as president experiencing ‘mild Covid symptoms’-0.442.2
London’s secret gardens, hidden in the heart of the City036.33
Spider-Man 3: Jamie Foxx’s return as Electro could tease Sinister Six arrival in MCU032.33
Trump considered high risk for coronavirus because of age and weight say experts-6.6737
Strange blood flow is the secret to detecting deepfakes, new research suggests052.67
Lara Trump appears to mock Biden for his stutter: ‘Joe, can you get the words out?’-9.3341.67
Donald Trump cut off medical funds to nephew's sick baby because he was 'angry' over family feud-5.3341
Proposals to hold newly arrived asylum seekers offshore branded ‘illegal, expensive and illogical’-10.3344.33
Benjamin Thomas: Former BBC presenter jailed for 10 years after confessing to ‘dark secret’ as sex abuser-145.67
Trump appears to mock Mitt Romney over coronavirus isolation: ‘Gee that’s too bad’-5.3348.33
'F*** black lives!': Trump supporters scream 'white power' in parade-22.6745.67
Trump Pennsylvania rally: Images reveal packed and half maskless crowd as president mocks Biden for social distancing-1144.33
A TikTok ban is nothing to celebrate – its influence on pop culture would be a great loss-5.3333.33
Obama trolls Trump on President's Day-10.7142.57
How Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in spite of Trump - not because of him-10.3336.67
Charges dropped against student accused of false rape claim for fear of 'discouraging other survivors from reporting attacks'046
Joe Biden denied holy communion at South Carolina mass over his abortion position-145.67
Alabama abortion law: Federal judge blocks near-total ban on terminations-446