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: 43.46

Bias: -4.17

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
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
Oprah's Done with the Shame. The New Weight Loss Drugs. : Consider This from NPR 0 43.33
Who is 'Fat Leonard' and how did he end up as part of the Venezuelan prisoner swap? 0 45.33
A volcano in Iceland erupts weeks after thousands were evacuated from a nearby town 0 44.67
Google to pay $700 million in case over whether its app store is an illegal monopoly 0 46.67
Three great songs to help you study : Pop Culture Happy Hour 0 33.67
Boy, 13, charged after allegedly planning mass shooting at a synagogue in Ohio 0 41
Ukraine gets a EU membership boost, but Hungary blocks an aid deal 0 45.67
More nature emojis could be better for biodiversity : Short Wave 0 37.67
Lawmakers grill the presidents of Harvard, MIT and Penn over antisemitism on campus -2.67 47.67
Sen. Tuberville drops his monthslong hold on military promotions 0 43
Supreme Court seems inclined to leave major off-shore tax in place on investors 0 45.33
Federal judge blocks Montana's TikTok ban before it takes effect 0 47.33
A judge awards Aretha Franklin's properties to her sons, citing a handwritten will 0 45.33
U.S. life expectancy starts to recover after sharp pandemic decline -0.67 47.67
Ukraine says spy chief's wife is being treated for poisoning with heavy metals 0 47.67

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