Politifact Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates Politifact in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Politifact is a fact-checking website created by the Tampa Bay Times in 2007. Since 2018, the site has been part of the Poynter Institute, a nonprofit organization for journalists. PolitiFact staff members select statements about news topics and checks them for accuracy, giving a Truth-O-Meter rating for each that ranges from “True” to “Pants on Fire.” Its Flip-O-Meter rates how consistent an official is on a particular issue. The site also tracks the campaign promises of elected officials. PolitiFact partners with Facebook, TikTok, newspapers, radio and other websites to help combat the spread of misinformation. PolitiFact, part of the International Face-Checking Network, also publishes PolitiFact Florida and PunditFact, which checks the accuracy of statements may be political commentators. PolitiFact won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2009. The website records approximately 4 million visits per month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 44.96

Bias: -3.66

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
Hunter Biden paid $50,000 in rent for office space in DC, not to his father to live at Delaware home -1.67 44
Fact-checking Joe Biden’s speech about democracy before the 2022 midterms -12.67 40.67
GOP claim on tax hikes in Democratic bill doesn’t factor in subsidies, savings 0 40.67
Trump says Watergate burglary and search of Mar-a-Lago were similar. They’re not -1 42.33
Gateway Pundit distorts unofficial Georgia 2020 results -3.67 46
ABC News didn’t use an altered photo of the Uvalde school shooter to make him look more Caucasian 0 48.67
Voting machine malfunction in New Jersey isn’t evidence of fraud 0 45.33
Rick Scott blames Democrats for expanding the debt. But it was a bipartisan feat -2.67 47.67
Fact-checking Joe Biden on U.S. credibility as military withdraws from Afghanistan 0.67 45.67
What was the Contingency and Crisis Response bureau? Examining the Trump-era proposal -3.67 40.67
Joe Biden is wrong when he says car prices are back to pre-pandemic levels 0 43
Are high lumber prices 'tied' to the Trump administration? 0 43.67
Marjorie Taylor Greene says HIPAA shields her from vaccination questions. It doesn’t. 0 45
Fact-checking Joe Biden’s figure on unvaccinated COVID-19 deaths 0 44
Kamala Harris exaggerates food and water laws for voters 0 48
Instagram post misleads on door-to-door COVID-19 vaccination efforts 0 48.67
Are state legislators really seeking power to overrule the voters? -5.33 43.67
Suspended from social media, Donald Trump turns to traditional media avenues to push falsehoods -7.33 44.67
Murders spiked in 2020. Why? -2.33 45.33
Fact-checking Kayleigh McEnany’s claim that ‘all of our main Founding Fathers were against slavery’ -4.33 45.67
No, AOC didn’t tweet this about smoking marijuana and the Olympics -0.67 44.67
Joe Biden’s boast on early job gains neglects timing, pandemic context 0 43.33
Donald Trump did not congratulate Navy SEALs on Haiti assassination 0 42
GOP tweet misfires in linking crime trends to Democratic policies -4.33 41.33
No, emails to Fauci don’t show early agreement that virus was man-made -1.33 45.33

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