Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Ad Fontes Media rates The New York Times in the Skews Left category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. The New York Times is a daily newspaper based in New York City. Founded in 1851, the paper has won 130 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other media. The Times has a print circulation of 840,000 and a total of 6 million subscribers, including its digital product.

Overall Score

The following are The New York Times’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 44.73

Bias: -8.09

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 URLBiasReliability
Francis Collins will step down as head of the National Institutes of Health.-3.3347.67
Manchin, a key Democratic holdout, deepens the party’s impasse on Biden’s agenda.-345.33
Afghanistan Collapse Accelerates as the Taliban Capture 3 Vital Cities046.67
How Cuomo’s Downfall Paved the Way for Kathy Hochul to Make History-9.3345
The Chinese Sports Machine’s Single Goal: The Most Golds, at Any Cost-4.6727.67
With Capitol Sit-In, Cori Bush Galvanized a Progressive Revolt Over Evictions-11.3338
In Undervaccinated Arkansas, Covid Upends Life All Over Again-2.3346.33
Democrats See Edge in Early Senate Map as Trump Casts Big Shadow-4.6743.33
The number of migrants arriving at the border was the largest in years.-1.3346
Historically Black Colleges Finally Get the Spotlight-7.3345
Collapse Raises New Fears About Florida’s Shaky Insurance Market-5.6744.33
Fear, and Discord, Among Asian Americans Over Attacks in San Francisco-445
Wary and Weary, Los Angeles Largely Accepts Restored Mask Mandate-2.6745.33
Opinion | The Christian Right Is in Decline, and It’s Taking America With It-14.3327.33
Wonking Out: mRNA Vaccines and the Meaning of Life - The New York Times-5.6736.33
The Big Question of the 2022 Midterms: How Will the Suburbs Swing?-841.33
Biden Administration Shows Little Appetite for Haiti’s Troop Request-1.3346.33
Global Tax Overhaul Gains Steam as G20 Backs New Levies-1.6746.33
Death Valley Hits 130 Degrees as Heat Wave Sweeps the West-2.6747
Opinion | The Ascension of Bernie Sanders-10.3339.67
Trump Organization Is Charged With Running 15-Year Employee Tax Scheme-3.3345.5
Military and V.A. Struggle With Vaccination Rates in Their Ranks-645.33
In Case Against Trump’s Company, Echoes of His Father’s Tactics on Taxes-8.3344.33
Inside the Tumultuous Years Before the Florida Condo Collapse053.33
Opinion | The Excesses of Antiracist Education-10.3333.33