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: 43.38

Bias: -4.69

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
A judge fines Trump and his lawyer for a 'frivolous' suit against his political foes -4 45
Google is cutting 12,000 jobs, adding to a series of Big Tech layoffs in January 0 47.33
Germany is facing growing pressure to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine -2 47
Thinx settled a lawsuit over chemicals in its period underwear. Here's what to know 0 47.33
FAA contractors deleted files — and inadvertently grounded thousands of flights 0 46
Who is Robert Hur, the special counsel leading the Biden classified documents inquiry 0 44
Writer E. Jean Carroll's rape claim against Donald Trump can proceed, a judge rules 0 42.33
A woman is ordered to repay $2,000 after her employer used software to track her time 0 44.67
The Missouri House tightens its dress code for women, to the dismay of Democrats -3.33 42.33
The Pentagon got hundreds of new reports of UFOs in 2022, a government report says 0 46
A rising star in Connecticut politics dies in a collision with a wrong-way driver 0 45.67
Trump and two rioters are sued over the death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick -6 44.33
Rally car driver and DC Shoes co-founder Ken Block dies in a snowmobile accident 0 44.67
McCarthy loses second vote for House speaker -3.33 45.67
Who is Damar Hamlin? The Buffalo Bills safety keeps Pittsburgh and his family close 0 46
3,000+ young children accidentally ate weed edibles in 2021, study finds 0 45.67
She was a popular yoga guru. Then she embraced QAnon conspiracy theories -1.67 46.67
An airline worker died after being 'ingested into the engine' of a plane, NTSB says 0 45
Actor Jeremy Renner undergoes surgery after suffering from a snow plow accident 0 44.67
The Vatican says Benedict XVI is lucid and stable, but his condition is 'serious' 0 47
Big changes to retirement savings in new federal spending bill -2.67 46
Unclaimed luggage piles up at airports following Southwest cancellations 0 49
To peer into Earth's deep time, meet a hardy mineral known as the Time Lord 0 47.67
1,600 bats fell to the ground during Houston's cold snap. Here's how they were saved 0 47.67
This zoo didn't just get a hippopotamus for Christmas — it got a baby pygmy one 0 47

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