The Oregonian Bias and Reliability Overview

The Oregonian is a print and digital newspaper covering the news in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Based in Portland, The Oregonian is the oldest continuously published newspaper on the U.S. West Coast, having been founded in 1850. The Oregonian is the flagship publication of the Oregonian Media Group, part of Advance Local, a digital media and marketing group. The Oregonian has won eight Pulitzer Prizes. The newspaper is published daily but home delivery is limited to Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It circulates to an average of 91,000 daily readers on Wednesday and Friday, with a Saturday circulation of 77,000 and a Sunday circulation of approximately 156,000. Its website, OregonLive, records more than 9.8 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates The Oregonian in the middle category of bias and as most reliable in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral 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.

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

Reliability: 47.32

Bias: -4.45

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

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 the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating a news article. To determine its reliability score, we consider the article’s veracity, expression, and its headline and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall reliability score.

To determine an article’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position and how it compares to other stories from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall bias score.

Article URLBiasReliability
Officers, sergeants resign en masse from Portland’s Rapid Response Team crowd control unit143.67
Opinion: State should let cities build energy smart communities-8.6736
4 people dead after Sunday night shooting in SE Portland, police say045.33
Pandemic prompts polio survivors to share their stories about vaccines, quarantines and iron lungs-4.3344.33
Frozen but not forgiven, US student loans are coming due again soon-1245.67
Independent expert gives state hazard tree removal program clean bill of health046.33
Gordon Sondland files $1.8 million suit over his legal fees tied to Trump impeachment-145.33
Did you hear U.S. plans to require vaccine passports? Not true-3.1746.67
Remember those radio signals from outer space? Now we know what they are048.33
Joe Biden vows to fight Donald Trump if president challenges vote-counting in U.S. Supreme Court-3.3348.67
Oregon legalizes magic mushrooms: 5 things to know-0.6746.67
This Oregon county has the closest race between Joe Biden, President Donald Trump046.33
Gov. Kate Brown extends unified police command for Portland protests through Friday049.33
2 rural Oregon counties vote to consider joining Idaho; Move Oregon’s Border dream remains long shot047.33
4 key takeaways from Oregon’s election-146.33
Report: Robert Pattinson tests positive for coronavirus, halting ‘The Batman’ filming051.33
Portland Weird Homes Tour comes to you with a live Zoom of a Stormtrooper-guarded art studio, mime-designed dome and ‘Twilight’s’ Bella Swan’s house052
Fact check: Did the CDC ‘admit’ that only 6% of COVID deaths were really caused by coronavirus? No, they did not-2.3347.67
Oregon overpaid furloughed Baker City school staff; now the state wants the money back149.33
Portland protesters beat driver unconscious after crashing truck near Black Lives Matter rally0.6749.33
Unemployed Oregonians left in limbo after $600 federal employment bonus expires-2.7546.5
Bat-wielding man terrorizes SE Portland businesses over Black Lives Matter signs, cops and shops say1.6748
Portland’s Independent Police Review opens more than 40 investigations into alleged police misconduct at protests0.3349
Demonstrators gather for 83rd night of protests; riot declared as Multnomah Building damaged640.25
Portland’s Wall of Moms crumbles amid online allegations by former partner, Don’t Shoot PDX-1346.67