The Intercept Bias and Reliability Overview

The Intercept is an online news source owned by First Look Media, funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Its motto is to hold “the powerful accountable through fearless, adversarial journalism.” The Intercept was launched in February 2014 and shortly after published the leaked National Security Agency documents from Edward Snowden. The website records more than 8 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates The Intercept 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 Intercept’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 41.07

Bias: -15.11

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
The Most Terrifying Thing About 9/11 Was America’s Response-24.826.4
Minnesota Police Expected Pipeline Budget Boost to Fund New Weapons-841.33
Bill to Subsidize Sustainable Agriculture Is a “Prime Contender” for Reconciliation Package-3.3342.33
Mystery Group Promoting Infrastructure Privatization Boosted by Toll Road Lobbyists-3.6742.67
Providers Sue to Block Law That Would Eliminate Nearly All Abortions in Texas-11.3341.33
At Least Seven Colombians in Haiti Assassination Received U.S. Training042.67
Daniel Hale Makes Case Against U.S. Drone Program-334.67
What Amazon and Facebook Get Wrong About FTC Chair Lina Khan-839.33
Ron Wyden Throws Wrench in Medicare Expansion Plans by Wresting Control of Process-1144.67
Oil and Gas Heir Funding Super PAC Attacking Nina Turner-1045.33
New York Regulations Allow Cops Stripped of Training Credentials to Be Rehired-541
Home, but Not Free: NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Adjusts to Her Release From Prison-2.3342.67
In Brazil, There’s a Legal Term for What Britney Spears Says Is Happening: Sexual Violence-5.3343.33
Before He Was UVA Police Chief, Timothy Longo Helmed DNA Dragnet That Targeted Black Men-5.6746
Pentagon Undercounts Military Sexual Assault in Africa-1.3349.33
Can Palestinian Lives Matter?-8.3342
Chicago Teachers Might Strike. A Group of Parents, Backed by a Right-Wing Law Firm, Stands to Sue.-842
Robinhood Is a Perfect Example of Fintech’s Insidious Power-942
How the LAPD and Palantir Use Data to Justify Racist Policing-8.3342
Biden Takes First Step Toward Restoring Reproductive Health Program Gutted by Trump-1239.33
In Dramatic Policy Shift, Biden Withdraws U.S. Support for Saudi “Offensive Operations” in Yemen-747.33
Surveillance of Uyghurs Detailed in Chinese Police Database-2.6749.67
Repealing the “Walking While Trans” Ban Is Part of the Struggle to Decriminalize Sex Work-1839
Border Patrol Beat an Immigrant to Death and Then Covered It Up-8.3336.67
Dem Senator Warns: If the Party Wants to Lose Georgia, Break the Promise Made in the Runoff-145