Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Overview

Ad Fontes Media rates The Kansas City Star in the Skews Left category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. The Kansas City Star is a daily newspaper published since 1880 in Kansas City, Missouri. Ernest Hemingway worked as a reporter there for a short time in 1917-1918. The Star, part of McClatchy Company, has won eight Pulitzer Prizes. The newspaper reaches more than 90,000 each day and more than 120,000 on Sundays. The website records more than 3 million visits per month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 43.28

Bias: -6.26

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
Jerry Moran and Roy Blunt had a big choice on Jan. 6 commission. They picked Trump-10.3334.67
Civil rights groups back city control of some of KCPD budget-347.33
Assault on democracy: Sen. Josh Hawley has blood on his hands in Capitol coup attempt-1229
At least 1,400 Kansas college students, staff have gotten COVID-19. It’s still early1.3342
KU athletes, students march through campus in support of BLM-452
Mizzou cancels practice; stands up to racial inequality-8.6747.17
QAnon is hijacking child trafficking protests, experts say-4.6749.67
COVID-19 cases explode in Columbia and Boone County-12.6734.33
COVID-19 cases up at Mizzou; alcohol restrictions in place1.6741.67
Overland Park councilman removed from public safety1.6740.33
Roger Marshall defeats Kris Kobach in Kansas Republican Senate primary0.6746.33
‘Fearless’ school leader dies of coronavirus after two weeks in Texas hospital-0.6746.67
Who won, who lost and why in Kansas and Missouri primaries140
Ashcroft defends comments about dads risking COVID for school-3.3344.67
Daisy Coleman, Missouri woman whose sex assault case sparked outrage, dies by suicide-1.3346.67
Kansas City metro adds nearly 400 new COVID-19 cases and three more deaths Wednesday149.67
Roger Marshall and Barbara Bollier face off in Kansas race2.6743.67