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

Reliability: 44.39

Bias: -4.90

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
Inflation is cooling thanks to gas prices, but many things still cost a lot more044
A jury says InfoWars' Alex Jones must pay 2 Sandy Hook parents more than $4 million-2.3343.33
Here's how Stephen Colbert says his staff members got arrested on Capitol Hill-16.3331
An archbishop bars Pelosi from Communion over her support for abortion rights-7.3340.67
Karine Jean-Pierre will become White House's 1st Black press secretary-7.6744
The education culture war is raging. But for most parents, it's background noise-3.6737
Israel slams Russia's foreign minister for comparing Zelenskyy to Hitler044.67
Palm Springs looks to create a universal basic income pilot for trans residents-14.3335.33
Former President Obama visits the White House for the first time in 5 years-442
How the false Russian biolab story came to circulate among the U.S. far right-7.7541.75
Some lockdown drills can harm students' mental health. Here's what one expert advises041.67
Russians shelled a mosque where 80 people were sheltering in Mariupol, Ukraine says048
Russia's war on Ukraine is dire for world hunger. But there are solutions-4.3341.33
After 2 years, growing calls to take masks off children in school2.3345.33
Yes, Gov. DeSantis, Studies Do Show Masks Curb Covid-19 In Schools-938.33
Not every war gets the same coverage as Russia's invasion — and that has consequences-8.6738
Biden gets a bounce after the State of the Union, NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll shows-244
The Supreme Court reimposes a death sentence for the Boston bomber046
Sen. Lindsey Graham's apparent call for Putin to be assassinated draws backlash-1.6743
A son explains why he turned in his father over the Jan. 6 attack045.33
He Inherited A Devastating Disease. A CRISPR Gene-Editing Breakthrough Stopped It049.33
Photos show the calamity as Russia invades Ukraine050.33
How Europe's reliance on Russia's gas plays into the war in Ukraine-1.3343.67
How an actor-turned-president found himself leading Ukraine into war-2.6746
The U.S. keeps turning to sanctions despite their mixed record046.33