NewsBusters Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Hyper-Partisan Right

Reliability: Unreliable, Problematic


Ad Fontes Media rates NewsBusters in the Hyper-Partisan Right category of bias and as Unreliable, Problematic in terms of reliability. NewsBusters is a project of the Media Research Center, a nonprofit media watchdog. NewsBusters was launched in 2005 to "provide immediate exposure of national media bias, unfairness, inaccuracy, and occasional idiocy."

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 19.78

Bias: 20.65

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
Church Shooter Was Transgender, Need We Say More? 22.33 7
New CNN Boss to Zucker-Loving Staff: Don't Be 'Distracted' About 'Balance'! 16.33 24
Lisa Ling Smears AP History Reforms in First Assignment at CBS 15.67 27.33
Answers, Please! Why Did George Soros Fund a Radical Pro-Hamas Group? 10 21.33
MSNBC's Hayes Claims DeSantis Is Trying to Make 'Climate Change' Worse 18.67 23.67
Is Tucker Carlson Heading to Rumble? Joe Rogan May Have the Answer 19.67 25.67
Washington Post Front Page Hypes 'Far Right' Freedom Caucus 'Pledges Fiscal WAR' 19.67 27
BUST: How Paul Krugman Flip-Flopped from Prophesying ‘Biden Boom’ to Defending ‘Not So Bad Economy’ 15.67 25
HA! CNN Political Director Says No Reporter He Knows Wanted to Be a #Resistance Hero 13 26.33
ABC & CBS Hype Bernie Sanders Berating Starbucks CEO After Ignoring Mayorkas Grilling 18.67 22
Drag Queen Straddles Student, School Claims It Will 'Revise Campus Policies' 19 21
Media Outlets Fault Cops for Misgendering Nashville's Trans Mass Killer 19 17
MSNBC: Gun Violence Part of White Culture So GOP Protects It 18.67 16.67
Noah Tees Up Obama to Blame Fox for State of Political Discourse 17 27.67
Nutty Magazine Urging to ‘Nationalize U.S. Fossil Fuel Industry’ to Fight Climate Change 20 20.33
Pinterest Puts Free Speech on Ice: Announces Ban on So-Called Climate ‘Misinformation’ 17 24
America’s Most Notorious Billionaire Leaves His Mark on the World from a $2.3 Billion Education Behemoth to Racial Politics 18.4 30.2
Hey Media, What Happened to Hunter's Laptop Being 'Russian Disinformation?' 12.33 29.33
SPECIAL REPORT: The Stealing of the Presidency, 2020 22.67 11.33
MRC, Allies Warn Governors About Biased NewsGuard’s Pact with Teachers Union 19.67 28.67
‘Misinformation’ Means Whatever the Media Don’t Like, Want Censored 13 25.67
STUDY: CensorTrack Documents Over 800 Cases of Big Tech Censoring COVID-19 Debate 24.33 15.67
WORST Censorship in August: 5 Ways Big Tech Silenced Online Discussion 17 27.67
FOWL PLAY! Twitter Introduces New Censorship Program, Birdwatch 17.33 27.67
Oops: Media Darling Tony Fauci Debunks Massive CNN Story on COVID Vaccines 10.33 37.67