LA Weekly Bias and Reliability Overview

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. Ad Fontes Media rates LA Weekly in the middle 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 Weekly’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 45.44

Bias: -3.02

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
Cuban-Americans In L.A. Stage Protests Against Cuban Regime-0.6744.67
COVID-19 Breakouts From Unvaccinated NFL Players May Lead To Forfeits044.67
L.A. County Would Be In Most Restrictive Tier Of Previous Lockdown System045.33
Social Equity and Federal Cannabis Legalization-937.67
El Segundo Beach Reopens After 17 Million Gallon Sewage Spill046
Man Tries To Enter DTLA Federal Building With Heavily Armed Vehicle045.33
L.A. County Advises Against Travel To Nevada As COVID-19 Cases Surge045.33
Shots Fired By Police On Hollywood Walk Of Fame048
L.A. Sheriff’s Dept. Says It Will Not Enforce Upcoming Mask Rules044.67
Quentin Tarantino Buys And Plans To Reopen Historic Vista Theater In Los Feliz042
Sheriff’s Seize Largest Illegal Marijuana Operation In L.A. County History0.6744.33
Mayor Eric Garcetti Officially Nominated As U.S. Ambassador To India042.33
L.A. County Sees 1,000 COVID-19 Cases For First Time Since Early March047
COVID-19 Tests Will No Longer Require Appointments In LA048
L.A. Rams Offer A COVID-19 Vaccination Site For County School Teachers And Staff045.33
How Churches Adjusted ‘Ash Wednesday’ To Fit The Pandemic-0.6748.33
‘You Take My Breath Away’: LAPD Employees Allegedly Share Valentine’s Post Mocking George Floyd-8.3343.67
L.A. County May Begin To Reopen ‘Dozens’ Of Elementary Schools-0.3347
Federally-Run Vaccination Site Opens In L.A., Targeting Hard Hit Communities-7.3347.67
Drug Policy Alliance Launch Uprooting the Drug War Campaign-645
LAUSD Is Approved To Reopen Schools, Awaits Teacher Vaccinations-0.3347.33
Trader Joe’s Adds $4 Per Hour ‘Thank You Pay’ For Employees Nationwide046
Federal Vaccination Site To Open At CSULA048.33
Former Mayor Announces Run For California Governor, Says Newsom ‘Failed Us’045.33