Omaha World-Herald Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates Omaha World-Herald in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Omaha World-Herald is a daily newspaper covering news primarily in Nebraska and Iowa in the Midwest. It was founded in 1885 in Omaha and was once owned by Omaha native Warren Buffett’s holding company, Berkshire Hathaway. In January 2020 it was acquired by Lee Enterprises.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for Omaha World-Herald according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 47.14

Bias: -0.45

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
New owner of former Reign Lounge agrees to strict measures to get liquor license 0 44
Stothert formally kicks off 2021 re-election bid for Omaha mayor 0.67 44.67
Omaha's Symone Sanders could be press secretary for Biden -3.33 43.67
Nebraska's Erik Chinander embracing defensive wrinkle used by Alabama, Wisconsin 0 44.67
Sen. Groene called Omaha woman a fanatic and stupid -2.67 46.67
Hastings QB Jarrett Synek to walk on at Nebraska 0 45
OPS to do remote learning for two weeks following winter break 0 49
OPS board plans special meeting on remote learning 2 48.33
Grand jury to review shooting death of James Scurlock next week -2.67 46.67
Four UNO sports teams quarantined after athletes test positive for COVID-19 -0.67 46.33
Court ruling: Big Ten must disclose additional documents in next 10 days 2.67 48.67
New quarantine rules for teachers could keep Nebraska schools open 2.33 48
State agency applies U.S. Supreme Court ruling on LGBT job rights to housing cases -5.33 52.33
Knock, knock: If you didn't reply, a census worker will be coming to your door soon -2.67 49.33
Proposal would shift $2 million from Omaha police budget to workforce, mental health services -1.33 44.33
'That's a big loss': South Omaha's main coronavirus testing site will close Thursday -0.5 51.75
Get used to wearing a mask, Omahans — after 4-hour hearing, council unanimously passes mandate -1 50.25
Omaha lawmaker tries another avenue to allow discussion of meatpacking plant conditions -3 51
Omaha protesters paint harsh picture of jail; officials say they did their best in a bad situation 3 44.67
Nebraska ignored drug manufacturers demands to return execution drugs -0.33 41.33
Sponsor says bill banning abortion method lacks vote to advance in Nebraska Legislature 4 47
Omaha police warned of arrests during march; protesters call officers' actions 'unnecessary' -1 49.33