Poynter Bias and Reliability Overview

Poynter is a website that covers news about “the people, organizations, technology, trends and ideas shaping journalism and its vital role in democracy.” It focuses on training, ethics, fact checking and other resources important to journalists. The site is run by the Poynter Institute, a nonprofit organization established in 1975 and based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Poynter operates a journalism school and owns the Tampa Bay Times newspaper and the International Fact-Checking Network. It also operates Politifact, a project that evaluates the accuracy of statements made by elected officials and others working in politics. The Poynter website records approximately 1 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Poynter in the skews left 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 Poynter’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 41.01

Bias: -7.94

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 did Joe Biden and the media do in Biden’s first press conference as president?-941.67
Why Gannett CEO Mike Reed thinks the company can reach 10 million paid digital subscribers within 5 years-1.3343
A reporter shares her minute-by-minute recollection of being trapped in the Senate on Jan. 6-5.3345.33
IFCN is heartened by a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for the work of the global fact-checking community-341.33
Inauguration Day front pages had a chance to break ground. Most didn’t.-545.67
Biden and Fauci: One million shots a day ‘starts today’-442.33
Trump is gone, Biden is here. What happens now?-735
Jen Psaki’s White House press conferences feel like ‘a return to normalcy.’ But let’s be careful.-6.3338.67
A Pro-Trump mob has stormed the U.S. Capitol. What you need to know and a look at media coverage.-0.6743.33
What will cable news do without President Trump?-11.6740
Are we ready for the next wave of misinformation about a COVID-19 vaccine?-10.3339.67
ABC, NBC, CBS and Univision reminded us of an important fact: TV can’t be like Twitter-6.6732
The art of the concession speech-1.6744
The election is over. How did the media do?-8.6736.67
What should the media do with President Trump’s false election claims?-940
The story we all should be focusing on right now is …-8.3340
What should the media do with Donald Trump’s refusal to concede?-543.67
Here are the newsroom layoffs, furloughs and closures caused by the coronavirus-0.6748.33
The CoronaVirusFacts Alliance will get specialized support from the Paris Peace Forum-0.6747.67
Jails and prisons are superspreaders that need journalistic attention during the pandemic-448
The damage being done by Fox News-1630.67
Journalism can help communities with these five pillars of ethical disaster reporting-3.3341
How journalists can ward off burnout-5.3335.67
Nikole Hannah-Jones’ essay from ‘The 1619 Project’ wins commentary Pulitzer-10.1240.62