Mic Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates Mic in the Skews Left category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. Mic is a news and opinion website dedicated to help “young readers process the present.” Content categories include innovation, wellbeing, culture and election, in addition to current events. Based in New York City, Mic was founded in 2011 and is owned by BDG Media, a publisher focused on content for Millennials and Gen Z. The website records approximately 1.78 million visits per month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 36.40

Bias: -16.10

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
These “Satanic” tablets in Georgia just got blown up and it’s a whole thing -13 29.67
Trump’s pointless Air Force One paint plan is officially grounded -20.25 23
Oops, the Arizona recount the MAGA crew demanded actually took votes away from Trump -19.33 25
Marjorie Taylor Greene rejects the "so-called science" of evolution -16 29.67
Here's a chilling peek into just how close Trump got to running a police state -15.33 32
Athletes have good reason to want to skip press conferences 0 43.33
Uber offered its drivers help with health care, but of course it was a mistake -16.67 35.33
Marco Rubio wants to give survivors of domestic terrorism … one year of student loan relief? -15.33 27.33
Conservative group wants teachers to wear bodycams so they won't teach Critical Race Theory -11.67 34.67
When will hip-hop start protecting Black women? -19.67 36
A new law is about to make Texas even more gun crazy -11.17 33.17
The messy politics of 'Wonder Woman 1984' -30.33 32.33
When is it time to cut off a toxic family member? -2.67 37.33
How to host Thanksgiving responsibly, according to an epidemiologist 0 44
Our uncomplicated love of Alex Trebek 0 38.33
Trump is reportedly serious about pardoning himself. Can he get away with it? -17.33 34.33
What is the future of political comedy in a post-Trump world? -14.33 32.33
How difficult will Trump's environmental horrors be for a Biden administration to fix? -18.67 41.67
Meet all 21 openly trans candidates running for office this fall -12.5 47.5
Mitch McConnell is reportedly ready to stonewall a potential President Biden -15.67 41
Trump has not won, no matter what he says -6.67 42.33
Once again, the youth vote could save us all -12 37.33
Amy Coney Barrett's nomination is steamrolling ahead -9.67 46
The second presidential debate was relatively quiet. Did that help anyone? -12.33 36.33
Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff: "We're not going to control the pandemic" -12.33 44.33

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