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 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.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 43.69

Bias: -9.94

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
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
Op-Ed: California’s giant new batteries kept the lights on during the heat wave -1.33 45.67
Federal officials announce $310 million in funding to combat ‘megadrought’ -0.33 46.33
It was once the nation’s largest trash heap. Now it’ll be an inspirational L.A. County park 0 42.67
L.A. is finally separating food waste from trash. Will residents embrace composting? -7 45.33
Dramatic NASA photos reveal Lake Mead water levels at lowest point since 1937 0 47.33
Column: A lengthy list of Trump’s disastrous business deals — compiled by his newest business partners -7.33 44
Column: Could unemployment reach Great Depression levels? Yes, but ... 0 35.67
Even with soaring gas prices, safety concerns make L.A. mass transit a hard sell -2 42
Russian troops broaden their offensive across Ukraine -2 45.67
Op-Ed: Colleges need to engage in a financial aid ‘arms race.’ Here’s how that could happen -19.33 31
California Politics: The Newsom recall election is underway -4.33 40.33
Biden and Merkel reaffirm U.S.-German cooperation as her time on Europe’s center stage wanes -0.67 45.67
‘They’re killing people’: Biden blames social media for COVID-19 vaccine misinformation -0.67 45.33
Thousands of Central Valley farmers may lose access to surface water amid worsening drought -1 45.33
Column: The Atlantic says ‘the California Dream is dying.’ So what else is new? -2.67 37.67
Column: Fired from her hotel housekeeping job after getting COVID, she never lost faith -2 43
Op-Ed: Democrats should seize this recall as a practice round for the midterms -10.67 33.33
Op-Ed: Don’t exempt religious objectors from vaccine mandates -5.67 35
Why haven’t you been vaccinated? With COVID-19 raging, people explain what took so long -5 43.67
Democrats in California and D.C. clash over how state’s high-speed rail should be powered -2.67 45.33
Biden says U.S. will appeal DACA ruling and Congress must act -2.67 48.33
Editorial: The recall candidates’ plans on homelessness won’t lessen the problem and could get California sued -8.33 36


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