Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Overview

Ad Fontes Media rates Mercury News in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. 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.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 46.54

Bias: -3.24

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.

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35+ Bay Area restaurants that did not survive the coronavirus pandemic144.67
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Gov. Newsom’s French Laundry dinner raises question of what counts as outdoor dining1.147.5
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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