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: 43.12

Bias: -6.67

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
Record rain saturates SoCal landscape, heightening fears of more landslides -1.33 47.67
Opinion: Why do we talk about older people so negatively? -6 32
For ‘Poor Things,’ first they created the world. Then they found ways to give it a sky 0 44.67
Welcome to the Oscar club, casting directors. Now, what is it you do? 0 45
L.A. Port Police nabs 3 suspects amid string of bronze plaque thefts -1.33 41
Opinion: Republicans blocking Ukraine aid should consider this hero — and hang their heads in shame -6.83 30.67
Country singer-songwriter Toby Keith dies after battle with stomach cancer -2.67 45.67
Commentary: For Galaxy, Coachella Valley offers perfect preseason hub for road-weary MLS teams 0 44.33
Rebecca Grossman was impaired before deadly crash, investigator testifies 0 45
A Russian man sneaked on to a flight to LAX. The reason is still a mystery, but now he has to pay 0 42.67
Mudslides, drowned highways, upended homes: Scenes from Southern California’s atmospheric river 0 42.67
Opinion: How to turn down the pressure on the southern border -1.33 34.67
Column: Biden’s job approval rating is abysmal. Here’s why he might beat Trump anyway -2.67 34
Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce the cliché romance America loves -6.33 32.33
Big third quarter lifts Clippers past Wizards 0 43.33
Kings head into All-Star break on a winning note 0 43.33
Efforts brewing at UC Riverside and UCLA to evict Starbucks from campuses for ‘union busting’ activities -2.33 45
Crespi upsets Sierra Canyon in overtime; Harvard-Westlake defeats Notre Dame 0 44.33
Alec Baldwin pleads not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in ‘Rust’ shooting 0 45.33
Debris found in crosswalk where 2 boys were killed came from white Mercedes, deputy testifies 0 46
An algae bloom devastated sea mammals last year. L.A. wants to improve its rescue efforts -0.67 45.33
Banning Ranch Conservancy rebranded as Coastal Corridor Alliance 0 43.67
Civil lawsuit filed against Hoag and O.C. doctor charged with sexually assaulting patients 0 47.33
The electric rail to Las Vegas keeps rolling with new federal funding approved -1.67 44
Skepticism remains about children’s library book review committee in Huntington Beach 0 44