NBC News Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates NBC News (website) in the Skews Left category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. NBC News (website) is the news division of the National Broadcasting Company, part of NBCUniversal, owned by Comcast Corporation. Founded in 1940, it is headquartered in New York City. Its most popular news programs are Today, NBC Nightly News, Dateline and Meet the Press. Its website was launched in 1996 and records 86 million visits per month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 45.46

Bias: -6.63

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
Maura Healey wins Massachusetts governor's race, NBC News projects, as the first lesbian elected to lead a state -5.33 43.67
Justice Kagan temporarily blocks Jan. 6 committee subpoena seeking phone records of Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward -1 42.33
Texas schools send parents DNA kits to identify their kids’ bodies in emergencies -4.67 40.33
D.A. to charge 15-year-old Raleigh shooting suspect as an adult -0.67 46.33
Judge calls 10 recesses and boots Wisconsin parade suspect from courtroom after outbursts 0 44
Trump intensifies attacks on McConnell with 'death wish' remark on his social media platform -5.33 44
Ian slows down as death toll from hurricane grows in Florida 0 46.33
Florida hospital without running water faces a sanitation crisis in the wake of Hurricane Ian 0 44.33
In a political first, two gay candidates face off in congressional election -5.33 45
GOP nominee jokes about 2020 plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer -10.33 42
A giant fire is burning at a BP refinery in Ohio 0 46
Oberlin College to pay $36 million to bakery owners in defamation suit -4.33 43.67
DeSantis' election police charged 20 with voter fraud. Advocates say there's more to the story. -7.33 40
After Sarah Palin's election loss, Sen. Tom Cotton calls ranked choice voting 'a scam' -0.67 42
Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. testify in New York civil probe -1 45
Compare photos from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope 0 52
Democratic lawmakers not giving up on child tax credit, betting on Manchin's support -6.67 29.33
Clinton campaign, DNC fined over improper spending disclosure tied to Steele dossier, conservative group says -1.33 32.67
Inside a Biden White House adrift -4.33 37.67
Lawmakers, advocacy groups weigh in on apparent leak of draft opinion overturning Roe -1.67 47
Former Philadelphia officer charged with murder in fatal shooting of 12-year-old boy -1 46.33
Supreme Court says Boston was wrong to refuse Christian flag 0 46.67
Navy sailors detail difficult working conditions after string of suicides -1.5 47.75
Professor who wouldn't use trans student's pronouns wins $400K settlement -3.67 44.67
U.S. to welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees -4 45.33

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