MSNBC Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Strong Left

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates MSNBC (website) in the Strong Left category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. MSNBC (website) is a cable television channel that provides NBC News coverage, in addition to original reporting and political commentary on current events. Established in 1996, MSNBC is owned by the NBC Universal Worldwide News Group division, a subsidiary of Comcast.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for MSNBC (website) according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 34.71

Bias: -14.21

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
GOP’s Tommy Tuberville suggests the end of his blockade is near -13 40.33
Henry Kissinger died avoiding accountability for his crimes -18.33 27.67
Why George Santos might end up a winner after all -8 29.33
Top ethics Democrat expects Santos expulsion from Congress by 'Wednesday following Thanksgiving' -3.33 43.33
'Radicalized': Paul Pelosi attacker takes stand, testifies on right-wing conspiracies -16 33
Legal expert to Trump: Just because you lose repeatedly doesn't mean the judge is biased -10.67 36.67
Sen. Klobuchar blasts Tuberville: GOP must ‘stop playing politics’ with military -8 41
Alarming language from Trump as he ramps up 2024 campaign -11 40
Lawrence: Donald Trump’s lawyers contradict themselves to Judge Chutkan -5 41.67
Rep. Gabe Amo sworn in as Rhode Island’s first Black member of Congress -5.33 43.33
Israeli forces tighten control of Gaza city amid growing calls for a ceasefire -4 39.33
The problem(s) with the GOP blaming Biden for the crisis in Israel -16 36
DeSantis politicizing ‘the whole debate’ over AP African American studies, professor says -16.67 36.67
As House speaker, Steve Scalise would favor Republicans over facts -19.67 29
Reactions to Menendez, Trump indictments offer partisan case study -20.33 24
Even after sucking up to Trump, McCarthy lost the speakership -15.67 24.33
Trump's attendance at his civil fraud trial is a mystery. Or is it? -11.33 30.67
Why the UAW strike is bigger than the auto industry -11.67 36.33
Hunter Biden’s gun charges put Second Amendment back in play -1 39.67
Federal judge deflates Abbott’s anti-immigration buoy barriers -10 39.67
Ron DeSantis' Florida denial undermines his Hurricane Idalia pledge -12.33 31
Trump’s indictments are historic and dramatic, but not surprising -14.33 31
A Georgia Trump indictment may not deliver a Trump guilty verdict -15.67 36.33
Hawley references ‘globalist agenda’ to explain Trump charges -4.67 31.33
In a closely watched statewide race, it’s Democracy 1, Ohio GOP 0 -17.33 29.33

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