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: 34.38

Bias: -14.16

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
On election results, Republicans eagerly embrace ‘truthiness’ -12.67 34.33
Why I believe in the 'TikTok ban' bill that Biden signed into law 0 43.33
Rep. Goldman: The Senate should dismiss the Mayorkas impeachment -15.33 33.33
By delaying Mayorkas’ impeachment trial, GOP proves its critics right -15 31.67
Trump is selling "God Bless USA" Bibles. Biden's faith is real. -17.67 27.67
Republican official who claimed 2020 election was stolen voted illegally nine times, judge says -7.67 43.67
Lara Trump as co-chair is the least of the RNC's 2024 election red flags -18 32.33
Jon Stewart’s ‘Daily Show’ makes a comedy pivot in the age of Trump politics -19.67 28.33
Trump's bond and hush money developments show an unmistakable pattern -12.67 30
Why the Supreme Court's abortion pill ruling should have nothing to do with abortion -6.67 38.67
How a coalition of Haley-Biden voters could beat Donald Trump -14 36.67
Amy Coney Barrett's misplaced worry about 'national temperature' in Trump ruling -11 31.67
GOP’s Ernst wants to stop Biden from delivering the State of the Union -12.33 30.33
Trump vows to cut federal funds for schools with vaccine mandates -5 35.67
Biden’s new student loans win undercuts some of his biggest liberal critics -20 31.33
The legal fallout from Alabama’s IVF ruling is just beginning -7.33 45.33
GOP rejects the best border offer they’ve ever seen, will ever get -10 35
Why Trump's legal fees may not hurt his 2024 campaign -14.67 28.33
Seeking immunity, Trump says presidents must be able to ‘cross the line’ -11 37
Bernie Sanders' reasonable resolution on Israel gets ignored -10 33.67
Trump’s rant about ‘debanking’ serves as a message to far-right extremists -12.67 34
GOP finds its weapon for psychological warfare: immigration -15.33 29
Senate rejects effort to force a probe on whether Israel violated human rights in Gaza -3 18
Trump’s doomed immunity argument takes a sledgehammer to American democracy -10 35.67
Investigation: Trump businesses received millions from foreign governments -10.33 32