LA Times Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates Los Angeles Times in the Skews Left category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Los Angeles Times is a daily newspaper that has covered Southern California since 1881. The LA Times has won more than 40 Pulitzer Prizes. It is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in America.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 43.33

Bias: -9.60

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
Editorial: The healing of the ozone layer gives hope, but addressing climate change will be harder -6.33 31.67
Editorial: California should tap its growing fleet of EVs to prevent blackouts 0 32.67
Editorial: 2022 brought more heat and pollution. We’re still careening toward climate disaster -16 31.33
Nobody knows how widespread illegal cannabis grows are in California. So we mapped them 0 49
John King exits CNN’s ‘Inside Politics’ for new role. Dana Bash will succeed him -1 39
Toxic chemicals on planes add to COVID-19 travel woes -2 51.33
Tucker Carlson departs Fox News, pushed out by Rupert Murdoch -7.33 39.67
Free cash coming to Facebook users. Here’s how to claim your share 0 39.67
New contract would raise average L.A. teacher salary to $106,000 and lower class size -9 39
Teen killed after car involved in Walmart stabbing slams into Westlake High School students 0 42.33
Mayor Karen Bass’ first budget: more cops, more hotel rooms for L.A.’s homeless population -7.33 43.67
Fox News-Dominion settlement doesn’t end crisis for Rupert Murdoch’s empire -11 43
Editorial: Tennessee Republicans’ appalling assault on speech and freedom -19 27
Opinion: Why the U.S. will probably never ban TikTok 1 40.67
Destructive tornadoes are part of life in Southern California — rare but dangerous 0 44.67
U.S. strikes deal with Canada over northern border, asylum seekers -7.33 43.67
Levee breach in Monterey County triggers massive flooding, prompts evacuations, rescues -2 51
Paul Flores sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for murder of Kristin Smart 0 44
Housekeeper’s husband is arrested in slaying of L.A. Bishop David G. O’Connell 0 46.33
Can California avoid a third devastating COVID-19 winter wave? Cautious signs of hope 0 46
Forced to withdraw, Russia rains missiles on liberated Kherson 0 47.67
Emboldened Biden and Democrats push to revive the assault weapons ban -8.33 40
City Council censures De León, Cedillo, Martinez after police clear out demonstrators -0.67 45
Nury Martinez resigns from L.A. City Council in wake of audio leak scandal -6.33 43
Border chief says GOP governors’ migrant relocation campaign is stoking migration to U.S. -4.33 47.33


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