Newser Bias and Reliability

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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues

Overview

Ad Fontes Media rates Newser in the Middle category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. Newser is an online news site with the motto “Read less, know more.” Information is curated from other media sources and presented in short, two-paragraph summaries. Founded in 2007 by journalist/author Michael Wolff and based in Miami, the website records approximately 4.3 million visits per month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 36.45

Bias: -5.75

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
Berge Zobayan, Brother of Helicopter Pilot Ara Zobayan, Counters Vanessa Bryant Lawsuit With Response That Blames Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant 0 13.33
Untouched Sandwich Made Cops Suspicious of Smollett 0 42
A French Tradition Lost Over Last Year Might Be Back 0 45.67
DC Jail Inmate Elected to Office -2.67 48.33
Supreme Court's Interesting New Math: 3-3-3 0 40.33
Capitol Officer's Mother Lobbies GOP Senators -3 41
Lawmaker Reportedly Pushed School Shooting Conspiracies -7 42.33
Trump Appears to Be Angry With Giuliani -7.67 43.33
Jill Biden Responds to Doctorate Controversy -9.33 43.33
Mike Pence Gets His COVID Shot on TV 0.33 47.33
Biden Aide: I Chose Wrong Word About Republicans -3.83 43.17
Breonna Taylor's Mother Reminds Biden -3.33 43.33
Rand Paul Suggests Controversial Pardon Idea 6.17 41.5
Prison Infections Hit a New High -3 44
LLC Clouded Details of Trump Political Spending -6.33 40.67
Vaccine No. 2 Is Here, With a Big Advantage 0 47.33
NASA Confirms Major Moon Find 1 49.67
Suspect Nabbed in Ballot Fire 0 51
Not-So-Close Race Also One of the Most Expensive -2.33 47
Feds Scrap Plan for Santa to Promote Vaccine -0.67 43
Walmart Sues Feds in Opioid Abuse Battle -0.67 49
County Hit by Surge Ends Mask Mandate -1.33 47
If Biden Is 'Extremely Lucky,' This Is the Outcome 3 36.67
Reporters Ask McConnell: What's Wrong With Your Health? -5 38.67
Heiress Sentenced in Sex-Cult Case -0.33 48.67

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