NewsBusters Bias and Reliability Overview

NewsBusters is a project of the Media Research Center, “America’s Media Watchdog.” The blog was launched in 2005 and is dedicated to “documenting, exposing and neutralizing liberal media bias.” Analysts review mainstream media sources, late-night talk shows and other programming to detect and write about examples of perceived unfairness toward conservatives or evidence of a liberal slant. The NewsBusters website records approximately 2.7 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates NewsBusters in the hyper-partisan right category of bias and as mixed reliability in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral 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.

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

Reliability: 29.24

Bias: 21.73

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

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 the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating a news article. To determine its reliability score, we consider the article’s veracity, expression, and its headline and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall reliability score.

To determine an article’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position and how it compares to other stories from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall bias score.

Article URLBiasReliability
FOWL PLAY! Twitter Introduces New Censorship Program, Birdwatch17.3327.67
Oops: Media Darling Tony Fauci Debunks Massive CNN Story on COVID Vaccines10.3337.67
Whiny Politico Bigots Pen Letter Decrying Shapiro Getting Published15.6732
Censorship Insanity: Twitter Goes After Trump and Campaign 194 Times1829.86
PEOPLE Magazine Gushes Over Biden-Harris with Eight-Page 'Time to Unite' Cover Story21.6731.33
Daily Beast: Dems Knew Hunter Biden Drew HUGE Social-Media Buzz, But MSM Spiked19.1430.57
EPIC: Ted Cruz DEMOLISHES CNN’s Fredo Cuomo in 20-Minute Brawl24.1724.5
Facebook Labels Trump Post on Verifying Votes Are Counted20.3332.67
Watchdog Files Complaint Against Leftist News Sites for Dem Ties1533.67
Whiny Crybabies: CNNers Fume Over Fox's Wallace Moderating Presidential Debate25.426.8
Joy Reid Refuses to Apologize for Muslims Comment, Instead Decries Right as Bastion of Terror13.8325.17
https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/kristine-marsh/2020/08/19/fantasy-land-cnn-panel-believes-bipartisan-biden-will-appeal2526
‘Extremely Proud’; MSNBC SWOONS Over DNC Projecting ‘Vision’ of American ‘Potential’11.1730.33
PBS Turns to Totenberg to Lament How Biden Failed to Ruin Clarence Thomas20.3331
Live Long & Own Libs: William Shatner SCHOOLS Trans Activists on Twitter30.3324.67
CNN's Camerota Fumes After Black Trump Supporter Calls Out Biden's Racist Comments2333.67
Column: Big-City Rioting Is No Tea Party Protest20.6726.67
WashPost Columnist: American Police 'Designed to Uphold White Supremacy'17.3330.33
Not April Fools Day: AP Brands Itself as 'Advancing the Power of Facts'23.3324.67
COLLUSION: ABC Devotes 16 Minutes to COVID, NOTHING on Cuomo's Nursing Home Debacle26.3325.67