Bias: Middle

Reliability: Unreliable, Misleading

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Overview

Ad Fontes Media rates National Enquirer in the Middle category of bias and as Unreliable, Misleading in terms of reliability. National Enquirer is a weekly tabloid newspaper founded in 1926. The paper and website focus on entertainment and celebrity gossip, with several accusations of publishing exaggerated and false information. The monthly print and digital edition had a circulation of approximately 100,000 in late 2020, a drop of more than 90 percent over two decades. The website stopped posting new content in February 2020. The National Enquirer is owned by American Media Inc.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 12.73

Bias: 5.62

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
Bill Cosby’s May Lose $400M Fortune to Lawsuits034.4
Prince Harry & Meghan Caught in a Web of Lies!0.821
Brad Pitt Beefs up on High-End Pigouts025
Cameron Diaz: Angel With a Dirty Face!034.4
Gasbag Stephen Colbert is Pain in the Pump!3.831.8
Heather Locklear Caught Popping Pills!015
Ben Affleck and Jen Garner’s Street Fight!016
Scary Pics Spark New Fears For Matthew Perry!017.67
Jessica Biel Orders Justin Timberlake To Therapy017.33
Cashing In? Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Offered Job As Faces Of ‘Tax Reduction’ In U.S.021.33
Brutal 6-Foot, 160-Lb Bird Mauls Owner To Death!036
Wendy Williams’ Husband Begs for Forgiveness, Is ‘Not Proud’ of His Recent Actions2.1426.57
Tiger Woods Is Getting the Presidential Medal of Freedom4.8634.14
Bill Cosby Slams ‘Despicable’ Insurer for Settling Sex Assault Case Without His OK224.75
Prosecutors Want to Jail Felicity Huffman for Up to 10 Months-141.6
Wild Sitcom Scandals That Got Big Stars Fired177.67
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell’s Relationship Secrets Exposed!9.7512.25
Wendy Williams’Staff Has Been ‘Walking On Eggshells’ After Sober House Confession031.33
Kate Middleton Goes On First Solo Appearance With Queen Months After Meghan Markle3.6722.17
Prince Charles Bares It All in Rare Bathing Suit Pics-0.422.2
Hollywood’s Ugliest Hooves — Big Stars Whose Feet Really Stink169.33
Jenna Bush Hager To Take Over for Kathie Lee Gifford on ‘Today’2.5730.29
18 Of The Raunchiest Political Sex Scandals Throughout History14.25
A Timeline of Wendy Williams’ Mysterious Talk Show Disappearance033.33
Princess Diana Had a Secret Daughter Before Tragic Death!0.50.5