Montana Free Press Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates Montana Free Press in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Montana Free Press is an independent, nonprofit news organization covering Montana. Its mission is to present public service journalism focusing on issues such as government and policy, economy, environment, energy and health care. The website was founded in 2016 and is based in Helena, Montana. The site records approximately 198,000 visits per month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 46.56

Bias: -3.04

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
Rural hospitals, beyond the rhetoric -1 46.33
The persuasion problem -2.67 46
Lawmakers anxious, excited ahead of 2021 session 0.33 45.67
Tribal leaders ratify water compact 0 47.67
Daines says he’ll reject ‘disputed’ Electoral College votes barring further review 0.67 47.67
State Supreme Court blocks proposed gold mine near Yellowstone -8.33 45.67
Flathead health officer resigns in the face of ‘toxic environment’ -5.67 46.33
Montana prepares for initial vaccination push -4 47
COVID strategies could change under Gianforte -2.67 45
‘Last responders’ brace for COVID deaths -3.67 45.33
Rules maneuvers hint at a potential hardline coup in the House 0.67 46.67
Tribe sues feds over policing -1.67 46.33
National groups fuel political blitz 0 49.33
Politicos explain Montana’s red wave 0 46.33
Bullock says cuts aren’t necessary to balance the state budget -1.67 47

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