Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues

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Ad Fontes Media rates MSNBC (website) in the Skews 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.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 35.81

Bias: -14.17

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
A new style of atheism can counter Christian nationalism — and the decline of religion-20.3327.67
Biden is opening strategic oil reserves to lower gas prices — but at what cost?-1732.67
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Murders in El Salvador followed by worrisome suspension of rights-12.6733.67
The problem(s) with Mitch McConnell’s defense of Clarence Thomas-13.6730.67
White Americans aware of Covid disparities are less likely to help curb pandemic: study-14.3332.33
This deepfake of Zelenskyy went viral. Let it be a warning to us all.-241.33
Trump's Zelenskyy call a key point amid Russia's Ukraine war-12.6734
Grassley makes an important admission about Dems, drug prices-17.6733.33
In $1.5 trillion omnibus bill, Congress doesn't address ongoing pandemic-18.3331.33
Mobile cremation machine reports in Ukraine are ‘credible’ as Russian forces face losses047.67
Why Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas could be impeached-19.6727.67
Biden's pledge to help Ukraine goes beyond what he's telling us-138.33
Arnold Schwarzenegger video to Russians has important message for Americans, too-835.33
Elie Mystal: Justice Thomas is lone dissenter on issues that may implicate his wife in Jan. 6-19.6730.33
Justice Thomas ignores basic ethics where wife's activism, lobbying conflict with cases-18.6733
Disney is (kind of) fighting Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' bill-18.3332.67
Record high gas prices: Why Joe Biden is not to blame-1631.67
Trump can't stop saying his election theft plans out loud-17.6726.33
Pence's former chief of staff raises eyebrows with Jan. 6 testimony-1525.67
Joy Reid and 'The ReidOut' are nominated for NAACP Image Awards. Vote for them!-8.3329
Will Trump run in 2024? How the DOJ could boost his bid-15.3324.67
A study shows the filibuster doesn't actually increase debate-11.6727.67
Justice Stephen Breyer should retire from the Supreme Court-20.3325.33
Trump didn't sign this newly unearthed 2020 election EO. We need to know why.-9.6734