Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Ad Fontes Media rates The Oregonian in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. 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.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 47.49

Bias: -4.35

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
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
Man arrested on arson allegation in wildfire west of Eugene, deputies say053.33
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
Multnomah County Library avoids major coronavirus pandemic layoffs-4.6746.33
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