MSNBC Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues


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: 35.01

Bias: -14.54

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
Unsurprisingly, the GOP’s youth whisperers failed in the midterms -17.33 28.67
Republicans appear lost, leaderless as Democrats hold the Senate -13.67 31.33
Kevin McCarthy is not built to be speaker of the House -12 32
Why this courtroom is Washington's most interesting place right now -15.33 28.67
How Republican Lee Zeldin gained footing in New York governor race -19.33 28.33
Internet prices in Black and poor neighborhoods aren't fair -11.33 33.33
The Pennsylvania Oz-Fetterman debate's real takeaway -18.67 24
Liz Truss's catastrophic tenure reveals a hidden weakness of American government -8 31
DeSantis becomes the latest Republican to evolve on disaster aid -13.67 29.33
Trump allies are supporting these violations of FBI conduct -15.33 32
Giorgia Meloni, Marjorie Taylor Greene and the rise of white feminism -19.33 29
Federal government's Hurricane Ian response will be watched by Puerto Ricans -17 30.67
DeSantis goes from depraved to docile as he seeks federal aid after Ian -22.33 24.33
Kinzinger blasts Trump-loving pastors: 'Failing their congregation' -8.67 39.67
Team Pence notes how it didn’t improperly take classified docs -9.67 41
The best thing Liz Cheney can do if she wants to stop Trump -9.67 36.33
Why Republicans' 'Christian nationalism' is so dangerous -18.67 34.33
DOJ probe into Southern Baptist Convention is politically inconvenient for the right -15.67 38
Eric Trump face-plants while attacking Biden over FBI 'raid' -24.33 23.67
A new style of atheism can counter Christian nationalism — and the decline of religion -20.33 27.67
Biden is opening strategic oil reserves to lower gas prices — but at what cost? -17 32.67
Biden signs Emmett Till Antilynching Act as CRT bans restrict talk of race -12.33 33.33
Murders in El Salvador followed by worrisome suspension of rights -12.67 33.67
The problem(s) with Mitch McConnell’s defense of Clarence Thomas -13.67 30.67
White Americans aware of Covid disparities are less likely to help curb pandemic: study -14.33 32.33

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