Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues

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Ad Fontes Media rates MSNBC in the Skews Left category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. MSNBC 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.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 37.09

Bias: -13.59

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 URLBiasReliability
Unvaccinated people dying of Covid doesn't warrant your gloating-3.3332
Reflecting on Jan. 6, Trump pushes weird new conspiracy theory-17.3333.33
Supreme Court's Covid vaccine mandate rulings hurt Biden — and America-12.6733.33
'Yellowjackets' season finale teases cannibalism — but delivers on much more034
Biden admin clears out another controversial Trump holdover-6.6745
Gabby Petito's social media presence might be the key to solving her case045.33
The fall of Afghanistan in 2021 is the result of years of American delusion-5.6737.67
How Covid vaccine incentives failed America-16.6728.33
America treated the Oslo attacks as a fringe incident. Here's why that's been so dangerous.-12.3329
Trump never cared about Americans. His endless list of indicted influencers proves it.-12.3329
Behind Marjorie Taylor Greene's latest Covid misinformation stunt-9.6737.67
Britney Spears finally won the right to pick her own lawyer. Here's why that matters-235.33
McCarthy would rather pander to Trump than probe Jan. 6 crimes-14.6732
2021 Olympics in Tokyo highlights struggles of Black athletes in white spaces-1631
What Biden's speech defending voting rights was missing-19.6728.67
Leaked RNC emails prove Republicans always knew Trump was lying about 2020 fraud-17.3325.33
The Cuba protests are a cry for help. America needs to listen.-18.3332.67
Matt Gaetz says Trump should become speaker of the House. Is that possible?-10.3334.67
Whiteness helps shield Donald Trump from election consequences-19.3324
Hunter Brittain's death in a police traffic stop is injustice. Period.-13.6734
Senate Democrats' $3.5 trillion budget plan goes big — finally-15.6734
Mitch McConnell's disdain for Biden's stimulus win says volumes-1234.33
What Trump's Facebook, Google and Twitter lawsuits really mean for his campaign-1041.33
The Supreme Court's Arizona voting decision was worse than expected-13.6729.33
Sha'Carri Richardson's drug test suspension is the end result of racist policies-1032