Patch Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates Patch in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Patch is an information platform that operates hundreds of news websites in all 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. Community members are allowed to post articles directly to the site. Content focuses on human interest stories and local news. Patch is owned by Hale Global and headquartered in New York City.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 47.80

Bias: -4.78

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
'2022 Best Places to Raise a Family in Connecticut': New Report 0 39.67
NJ's Electoral Maps Will Be Redrawn This Fall: What That Means 0 46
Capitol Riot Probe Blocked Despite Fallen NJ Cop Family's Pleas -4 45.67
Ex-Drug Dealer Sworn In By Judge Who Gave Him Second Chance -1 45.67
Cops Mistook Toddler's Ashes For Drugs: Illinois Lawsuit -1 47
Fitzpatrick Votes In Favor Of Jan. 6 Commission 0 45
Nowhere Else To Go: Grandmother, Millions Of Others Face Eviction 0 46.67
Amtrak To Furlough 2,000 Employees By Month's End: Report 0 51.75
Taylor Swift Can't Shake Off This Lawsuit 0 48.33
Labor Day Weekend A 'Critical Point' In Pandemic: Fauci -3.67 48
'I've Been Praying For This City,' Kenosha Biden Attendee Says -8.67 43.67
'Words Matter': Details From Joe Biden's Private Kenosha Talk -13.33 51.67
Georgia Tops Lists Of Coronavirus High-Risk States 0 52.67
Bill Clinton, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Top Tuesday DNC Speakers 0 52.25
PA Leaders Blast Changes At USPS, File Lawsuit Ahead Of Election -4.33 45.33
CA's Extreme Weather, Fires Prompt Official Statewide Emergency 0 49.5
Postmaster Backs Down As Trump Continues Claims Of Voter Fraud -0.67 51.67
Pritzker Places Restrictions On Youth Sports, IHSA Responds -1 53
Woman Who Claimed Police Harassment On Instagram Video Arrested 1.67 43
'Big Tent Revival' Attendees Defy City's Mask Mandate​ -7.33 45.67
Florida's Daily Coronavirus Death Record Shattered Again -2 50.67
Former Presidential Candidate Among 150,000+ Coronavirus Deaths -7.33 48.67

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