LA Times Bias and Reliability Overview

LA Times is a daily newspaper that has been published in LA since 1881. The print product has a daily readership of 1.3 million, with 2 million on Sundays. The website records more than 27 million visits each month. The LA Times has won 47 Pulitzer Prizes. Ad Fontes Media rates LA Times 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 LA Times’ overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 45.26

Bias: -7.27

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
California Politics: The Newsom recall election is underway-4.3340.33
Biden and Merkel reaffirm U.S.-German cooperation as her time on Europe’s center stage wanes-0.6745.67
‘They’re killing people’: Biden blames social media for COVID-19 vaccine misinformation-0.6745.33
Thousands of Central Valley farmers may lose access to surface water amid worsening drought-145.33
Column: The Atlantic says ‘the California Dream is dying.’ So what else is new?-2.6737.67
Column: Fired from her hotel housekeeping job after getting COVID, she never lost faith-243
Op-Ed: Democrats should seize this recall as a practice round for the midterms-10.6733.33
Op-Ed: Don’t exempt religious objectors from vaccine mandates-5.6735
Why haven’t you been vaccinated? With COVID-19 raging, people explain what took so long-543.67
Democrats in California and D.C. clash over how state’s high-speed rail should be powered-2.6745.33
Biden says U.S. will appeal DACA ruling and Congress must act-2.6748.33
Editorial: The recall candidates’ plans on homelessness won’t lessen the problem and could get California sued-8.3336
FBI made serious errors during sex abuse investigation of Larry Nassar, Justice Department says045.33
Biden targets competition in tech, healthcare in sweeping order-3.3345.67
Hospitals and Newsom seek delay for earthquake upgrades-3.6746
From homelessness to homicides, Garcetti leaves L.A. with unfinished business-1538.67
Kamala Harris isn’t getting any honeymoon, and some Democrats are fretting-4.3338.67
Delta variant is spreading in California as COVID-19 battle enters an uncertain phase-1.3347.33
Here are some things to know about the extreme drought in the Western U.S.-3.6747.33
Supreme Court upholds Obamacare again, rejecting GOP challenge from Texas-3.6745.67
Column: The lab-leak origin claim for COVID-19 is in the news, but it’s still fact-free-742
State lawmakers continue crusade against Roe vs. Wade with flood of new abortion bills-645.67
Opinion: Ethnic cleansing, corrupt leaders, terror: What readers are saying about Israel, Palestine-226.67
California just hit 95% renewable energy. Will other states come along for the ride?-545.33
L.A. County set for major reopening as it hits yellow tier with growing hope of real recovery-1.3347