Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Ad Fontes Media rates The Intercept in the Skews Left category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. 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.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 40.94

Bias: -14.93

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
Al Qaeda Honcho Zawahiri Got Droned and No One Gave a Shit-1335
Jan. 6 Hearings Seek to Remind a Forgetful Nation About the Day Donald Trump Almost Engineered a Coup-12.3334
Democrats Are Rushing Through a Massive Ukraine Defense Bill-4.3342.33
Rep. Josh Gottheimer Hires Republican Ron DeSantis Staffer to Craft His Legislative Agenda-8.441.2
Stephanie Grisham Says She’s Done Lying for Trump, So Why Is So Much of Her Memoir Untrue?-1440.2
Maddesyn George Killed Her Alleged Rapist. Prosecutors Blocked Her Self-Defense Claims.-1244.6
Four Months Ago, Biden Said Haiti Wasn’t Safe. Now He’s Deporting Thousands There.-1541.33
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