Mercury News Bias and Reliability Overview

Mercury News , formerly the San Jose Mercury News, is a newspaper and website covering the Bay Area near San Francisco and the Silicon Valley. Founded un 1851 as the San Jose Weekly Visitor, the publication is part of the Bay Area News Group of Digital First Media, owned in part by Alden Global Capitol. It is based in San Jose, California. The Mercury News has won two Pulitzer Prizes, as well as many other honors. The website records approximately 10.5 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Mercury News 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 Mercury News’ overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 46.54

Bias: -3.24

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
Homeless encampment grows on Apple property in Silicon Valley044.67
Daylight saving time: When will twilight begin and end now?047.33
I’m high-risk for COVID-19 and eligible for a vaccine starting Monday. What do I need to know?050.67
When the COVID crisis hit, the Bay Area failed Latino residents. Here’s why050.67
COVID: Here’s why fewer in the Bay Area qualify for stimulus payments-6.3347.67
Exclusive: Two worrisome coronavirus variants found in Bay Area056
Warriors’ Klay Thompson feared to have torn Achilles tendon0.6737.67
35+ Bay Area restaurants that did not survive the coronavirus pandemic144.67
Melania Trump’s not likely to dump Trump: ‘They deserve each other,’ Michael Cohen says in new report-3.6725
Operator of popular Bay Area pumpkin patch sells off more property-0.3341.33
Gov. Newsom’s French Laundry dinner raises question of what counts as outdoor dining1.147.5
Trump calls off stimulus talks until after election; markets drop-548.33
San Mateo County added to coronavirus county monitoring list as state continues deadliest stretch in pandemic-1.6752.5
Coronavirus: California breaks single-day death record, with fatalities all over the state-1.3352.83
San Jose tech firm to pay back wages after firing workers who sought coronavirus sick leave-2.6755.33
As coronavirus unemployment ends, sidelined Bay Area workers ask: What now?-9.3338
Coronavirus: Tech, biotech layoffs surface in Bay Area051