LA Weekly Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates LA Weekly in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. LA Weekly is a print and digital alternative newspaper based in Los Angeles. Founded in 1978, it covers news, music, food, entertainment, arts, cannabis and culture. LA Weekly has won numerous awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia and received a Pulitzer Prize for restaurant criticism in 2007. Since 2017, it has been owned by Semanal Media LLC. The free weekly print publication has a circulation of 45,000, and the website records approximately 2 million visits per month.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for LA Weekly according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 45.44

Bias: -3.02

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
Cuban-Americans In L.A. Stage Protests Against Cuban Regime -0.67 44.67
COVID-19 Breakouts From Unvaccinated NFL Players May Lead To Forfeits 0 44.67
L.A. County Would Be In Most Restrictive Tier Of Previous Lockdown System 0 45.33
Social Equity and Federal Cannabis Legalization -9 37.67
El Segundo Beach Reopens After 17 Million Gallon Sewage Spill 0 46
Man Tries To Enter DTLA Federal Building With Heavily Armed Vehicle 0 45.33
L.A. County Advises Against Travel To Nevada As COVID-19 Cases Surge 0 45.33
Shots Fired By Police On Hollywood Walk Of Fame 0 48
L.A. Sheriff’s Dept. Says It Will Not Enforce Upcoming Mask Rules 0 44.67
Quentin Tarantino Buys And Plans To Reopen Historic Vista Theater In Los Feliz 0 42
Sheriff’s Seize Largest Illegal Marijuana Operation In L.A. County History 0.67 44.33 -2.67 43
Mayor Eric Garcetti Officially Nominated As U.S. Ambassador To India 0 42.33
L.A. County Sees 1,000 COVID-19 Cases For First Time Since Early March 0 47
COVID-19 Tests Will No Longer Require Appointments In LA 0 48
L.A. Rams Offer A COVID-19 Vaccination Site For County School Teachers And Staff 0 45.33
How Churches Adjusted ‘Ash Wednesday’ To Fit The Pandemic -0.67 48.33
‘You Take My Breath Away’: LAPD Employees Allegedly Share Valentine’s Post Mocking George Floyd -8.33 43.67
L.A. County May Begin To Reopen ‘Dozens’ Of Elementary Schools -0.33 47
Federally-Run Vaccination Site Opens In L.A., Targeting Hard Hit Communities -7.33 47.67
Drug Policy Alliance Launch Uprooting the Drug War Campaign -6 45
LAUSD Is Approved To Reopen Schools, Awaits Teacher Vaccinations -0.33 47.33
Trader Joe’s Adds $4 Per Hour ‘Thank You Pay’ For Employees Nationwide 0 46
Federal Vaccination Site To Open At CSULA 0 48.33
Former Mayor Announces Run For California Governor, Says Newsom ‘Failed Us’ 0 45.33

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