Politifact Bias and Reliability Overview

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. Ad Fontes Media rates Politifact 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 Politifact’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 45.15

Bias: -3.34

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
Fact-checking Joe Biden on U.S. credibility as military withdraws from Afghanistan0.6745.67
What was the Contingency and Crisis Response bureau? Examining the Trump-era proposal-3.6740.67
Joe Biden is wrong when he says car prices are back to pre-pandemic levels043
Are high lumber prices 'tied' to the Trump administration?043.67
Marjorie Taylor Greene says HIPAA shields her from vaccination questions. It doesn’t.045
Fact-checking Joe Biden’s figure on unvaccinated COVID-19 deaths044
Kamala Harris exaggerates food and water laws for voters048
Instagram post misleads on door-to-door COVID-19 vaccination efforts048.67
Are state legislators really seeking power to overrule the voters?-5.3343.67
Suspended from social media, Donald Trump turns to traditional media avenues to push falsehoods-7.3344.67
Murders spiked in 2020. Why?-2.3345.33
Fact-checking Kayleigh McEnany’s claim that ‘all of our main Founding Fathers were against slavery’-4.3345.67
No, AOC didn’t tweet this about smoking marijuana and the Olympics-0.6744.67
Joe Biden’s boast on early job gains neglects timing, pandemic context043.33
Donald Trump did not congratulate Navy SEALs on Haiti assassination042
GOP tweet misfires in linking crime trends to Democratic policies-4.3341.33
No, emails to Fauci don’t show early agreement that virus was man-made-1.3345.33
Yes, prices are higher under Biden, but recovery from the pandemic is key reason-445
Ron DeSantis’ misleading claim about crime, police funding-4.3337.33
Ask PolitiFact: Why are Arizona Republicans auditing election results?-539.67
No, a quarter million fraudulent votes weren’t uncovered in an Arizona election audit-547.33
Why randomized controlled trials on mask wearing and the coronavirus are scant-0.6747.67
No, El Chapo didn’t testify that he paid off Pelosi-242.67
Biden Promise Tracker:049.67
Biden Promise Tracker:048.67