NPR Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates NPR in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. NPR (National Public Radio) is an independent, nonprofit media organization that reaches millions each week through its radio stations, website, social media, podcasts and other formats. NPR was created by an act of Congress and is based in Washington, D.C., with 35 bureaus worldwide. It's funded by member stations, corporate sponsors and grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 43.48

Bias: -4.15

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
Trump backed a federal abortion ban as president. Now, he says he wouldn't sign one -4.33 39
The Senate impeachment trial of Mayorkas has been delayed. Here's what to know -3.33 45.33
Former RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel dropped as an NBC contributor following outcry 0 45.33
Biden touts a $25M haul from fundraiser featuring Barack Obama and Bill Clinton -7.67 41.67
Legal experts worry about presidential abuse of the Insurrection Act. Here's why -2.67 43.33
The Colorado River rarely reaches the sea. Here's why -7 43.67
Indian judge says billion-dollar ayurvedic company has taken the public 'for a ride' -3.33 45.67
The House passed a TikTok ban bill. But is the app really a national security threat? -0.67 45
Biden touts economic 'comeback' in election-year pitch to skeptical voters -1.33 44.33
TSA unveils a prototype self-service airport checkpoint security screening system 0 43.67
Ageism in health care is more common than you might think, and it can harm people 0 46.33
Biden and Trump were both at the border today, staking out ground on a key 2024 issue -2.67 46.67
Alabama lawmakers move to protect IVF treatment 1.33 47.33
What Black women's hair taught me about agency, reinvention and finding joy 0 36.67
A girl dies after a sand hole on a Florida beach collapses 0 47
Biden's new climate envoy is John Podesta. He has a big domestic climate job too -3 44
House passes bipartisan tax bill to expand child tax credit 0 47
Alec Baldwin pleads not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in fatal film set shooting 0 45
3 people are killed and 9 injured after a hangar collapses at an Idaho airport 0 45
How Red Sea tensions could disrupt global trade, Suez Canal : The Indicator from Planet Money : NPR 0 44.67
Why your brain struggles with big numbers : Short Wave : NPR -2.67 45
13-year-old boy becomes first player to beat the original 'Tetris' 0 42
The mother of a boy shot by police demands accountability after no charges are filed -1.33 44.67
Javier Milei wants to dollarize Argentina. What exactly does that mean? : Planet Money : NPR -2.33 48
New York City Council votes to ban most instances of solitary confinement 0 45