Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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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 52 million people 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.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 46.24

Bias: -4.63

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 URLBiasReliability
About 333,000 children were abused within France's Catholic Church, a report finds050.33
Capitol Police Are Upping Security Ahead Of A Rally In Support Of The Jan. 6 Rioters-2.6744.67
Blinken Pushes Back On GOP Criticism Of The U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan-144
Biden Tours Western Fire Center And Tells Firefighters, 'You Saved Lake Tahoe'-1.3346
Mexico's Supreme Court Has Voted To Decriminalize Abortion-4.3347.33
Biden Asks Congress For $30 Billion To Help Disaster Relief And Afghan Evacuees-348
FEMA Administrator Discusses Ida Preparations 16 Years After Katrina043
Outdoor Workers Could Face Far More Dangerous Heat By 2065 Because Of Climate Change-5.3346
Photos: A View Of Afghanistan As The Taliban Take Over047
Biden: 'I Do Not Regret My Decision' To Withdraw From Afghanistan-0.3345
Families Who Receive Food Stamps Will See The Largest Benefits Increase In History-2.3343.33
A Watchdog Group Had Been Sounding The Warning About Afghanistan's Meltdown For Years045
Dixie Fire Stirs Anxiety In The California Town Decimated In 2018 By The Camp Fire-1.6747.33
After Months Of Delay, The Census Data For New Voting Maps Is Coming Out Aug. 12-546
Mattel's Barbie Turns Women Of Science, Including COVID Vaccine Developer, Into Dolls-144.33
Serious Cases Remain Rare, But Coronavirus Infections In Children Are On The Rise045
Mexico Sues U.S. Gun Manufacturers For Contributing To Arms Trafficking Deaths-1.6745
Facebook Boots NYU Disinformation Researchers Off Its Platform And Critics Cry Foul-243.75
Public Health Experts Call On CDC To Change Its Mask Guidance-645.33
The Sexualization Of Women In Sports Extends Even To What They Wear-0.6738.67
Prosecutors Say They Have Evidence Of More Abuse And Bribery In The R. Kelly Case052.67
Mental Health Response Teams Yield Better Outcomes Than Police In NYC, Data Shows-251.33
Texas Begins Jailing Border Crossers On Trespassing Charges-3.6745.67
Georgia County Tried To Help Everyone Facing Eviction. Now A Crisis Looms-3.6745.33
Without Enough Water To Go Around, Farmers In California Are Exhausting Aquifers-1.6748.33