Observer Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 46.09

Bias: -5.80

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
Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives at FDA, China Reports Huge Trial Results 0 46.67
Benoit Mandelbrot Coined ‘Fractal Geometry’ by Finding Natural Patterns in the World 0 44.67
‘Wonder Woman 1984’ on HBO Max Could Be the Biggest Streaming Hit of the Year 1.33 44
Ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Other Tech Execs’ Roles For Biden Draw Outrage -1.33 45.33
ViacomCBS’s CEO Sees the Animated ‘Avatar’ as a Piece of Its Future 0 44.67
A Lost Work by da Vinci Has Surfaced in Italy, Historian Claims 0 47.67
A Tesla Electric Plane? Elon Musk Hints It’s Not Far Away -0.67 47.33
Apple’s Tim Cook Bags $280 Million Bonus After Becoming a Rare Billionaire CEO -0.67 52.67
BIPOC Theater-Makers Call for a Fundamental Restructuring of Broadway When It Reopens -11.67 45.67
A Memorial Honoring Black Enslaved People Will Be Unveiled in Louisville in 2021 -14.67 29.67
Jennifer Lawrence Sold Her Upper East Side Apartment at a Major Loss 0.67 43.67
Tesla’s Chinese Rivals Are Riding an IPO Boom in the US Despite Political Tensions -1 46.67
Expect More Bad News for Disney at Today’s Q3 Earnings Webcast 0 48
Here’s How Much Money Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ Films Actually Earned 0 46.67
Why Disney Is Charging $30 for ‘Mulan’ on Disney+ -1.67 50
Meghan Markle Had a Quiet Birthday Celebration at Home 0.33 49.33
Protesters Launch Petition to Remove Tate Britain’s Racist Mural -14 34.8
Here’s How Much COVID-19 Vaccines Will Cost From The 5 Frontrunners 0 58.33
Prince William and Kate Stayed at the Most Charming Beach Home on Their Family Trip 2 50

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