Popular Information Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Strong Left

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates Popular Information in the Strong Left category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. Popular Information is an online blog and newsletter focusing on “news for people who give a damn.” It was founded in 2018 by Judd Legum, a journalist and lawyer who previously launched the news website Think Progress, which ended in 2019.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 39.71

Bias: -14.86

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
Kushner's Mexican connection -12.67 30
The Department of Defense Contractors -18.67 44
These corporations are funding the GOP candidates in Georgia's Senate run-off elections -14.67 36.33
A confederacy of dunces -10.33 39.33
The greed epidemic -10.67 46.33
Trump campaign accepts donations from neo-Nazi leader -18.25 28
The corporate conflicts of Trump's new coronavirus advisor -12.25 39.25
The NBA's corporate sponsors donated $3.3 million to reelect politicians rated "F" by the NAACP -18.33 42.67
Fakes on a plane -14.67 40.33
A Kodak board member's impeccable timing -9.75 37.75
The inside story of an alleged victim of "cancel culture" -8.75 45.5
How to return your mail-in ballot without using the postal service -1.5 52.5
Voices of San Quentin: The inside story of how a prison became the nation's biggest COVID cluster -10 44.75
A comprehensive guide to the sabotage of the United States Postal Service -16.33 29
Congressman promotes notorious coronavirus conspiracy theorist -11 41.33
This Congressman is attacking Black Lives Matter with white nationalist talking points. These companies are supporting him. -29 24.33
Sarah Palin's Facebook grift -14.33 41.33
Ultimate immunity -10 48.67
What happened before Kodak's moment -6.33 43