PBS Bias and Reliability Overview

PBS (Public Broadcasting System) is a nonprofit public broadcaster and distributor of educational television. Its NewsHour program grew out of Jim Lehrer and Robert MacNeil’s program more than 40 years ago. The NewsHour website reaches 5.5 million each month. Ad Fontes Media rates PBS 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 PBS’ overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 48.74

Bias: -4.84

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
How the attack on the U.S. Capitol unfolded-4.3348
President Trump and first lady test positive for COVID-19-3.3351.67
California legislation bans toxic chemicals in cosmetics-5.3349.33
A century ago, some American women won the right to vote. Here’s what women say today-643.25
Gloria Steinem on the role of women of color in the suffrage movement-848
What you need to know about hydroxychloroquine and coronavirus-6.3345.67
Oleandrin is a deadly plant poison, not a COVID-19 cure-3.446.2
How anti-Trump Republicans are working to defeat him-6.6743.67
How to spot Comet NEOWISE before it disappears for thousands of years0.3351.33
Analysis: Cities hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic face bankruptcy-244.67
David Brooks on emerging from loneliness to find ‘moral renewal’-1.3340
Dozens of medical professionals charged in illegal prescription opioid crackdown-0.7554.75
Elizabeth Warren’s pledge to protect public lands aims to appeal to Western voters-1.3343
Officials announce new measures to fight New York measles outbreak-0.6754
‘It’s all a lie,’ Russian billionaire Deripaska says of U.S. accusations in Mueller probe-1.7551.25
Tribes denounce North Dakota ID law in congressional hearing-0.7547
Former Interior Secretary Zinke hired by gold mining firm049
What to look for in the Mueller report-3.7541.5
Read new Michael Cohen court documents that may offer clues on Mueller probe-2.6748
WATCH: Elizabeth Warren supports elimination of electoral college-4.6747.67
Trump’s nominee to lead FAA would face Boeing oversight questions-0.7556.25
For Midwest farmers, floodwaters threaten millions in crop and livestock losses-0.2554.5
Jury decides Roundup weed killer was major factor in man’s cancer-1.3350.67
North Carolina Republican in disputed Congressional race won’t run again-758.67
Why Planned Parenthood believes Title X rule change will compromise patient health-9.3345.33