Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Ad Fontes Media rates ProPublica in the Skews Left category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. ProPublica is a non-profit organization that focuses on investigative journalism. Its mission is to shine the light on “abuses of power and betrayals of public trust.” It was founded in 2007 and is based in New York City. ProPublica has won six Pulitzer Prizes, in addition to several other awards.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 47.09

Bias: -6.75

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 URLBiasReliability
They Promised Quick and Easy PPP Loans. Often, They Only Delivered Hassle and Heartache.044
Reps for Casino Developer Defend the Destruction of Nearly 600 Housing Units in Reno-6.3343.67
Senate Finance Chair to Billionaire Developers: Explain How Opportunity Zone Tax Break Is Helping the Poor-743.33
The Nonprofit College That Spends More on Marketing Than Financial Aid-2.3343.67
I Saw Firsthand What It Takes to Keep COVID Out of Hong Kong. It Felt Like a Different Planet.-2.3339
“We’re Not Allowed to Hang Up”: The Harsh Reality of Working in Customer Service-7.6744.67 -13.3342
GOP Legislators in Missouri Oppose Vaccine Efforts as State Becomes COVID Hotspot-14.3342
Campaign Spending at Trump Properties Down, but Not Out044
“Don’t You Work With Old People?”: Many Elder-Care Workers Still Refuse to Get COVID-19 Vaccine-2.6744
Operation Fox Hunt: How China Exports Repression Using a Network of Spies Hidden in Plain Sight044.33
Future of Program for Brain-Damaged Children Now Rests With Powerful Florida Official046.67
Democratic Senators Call for Investigation of Tax Avoidance by the Ultrawealthy-7.6744.33
TurboTax-Maker Intuit Will Leave Free Tax Filing Partnership With IRS-2.6746.67
A Postal Worker Begged for Stronger COVID-19 Protections. She Ended Up Spending Six Weeks in the Hospital.-0.3345.33
County Officials in Texas Settle Lawsuit Alleging Mishandling of Sexual Assault Cases045.67
State Attorneys General Push Federal Government to Follow the Law and Finally Create Side-Impact Tests for Kids’ Car Seats-1.3345.67
The Smoke Comes Every Year. Sugar Companies Say the Air Is Safe.-7.3351.33
Facing New Complaint, South Carolina Magistrate Removed as County’s Chief Judge-146
Campaign to Rein in Mega IRA Tax Shelters Gains Steam in Congress Following ProPublica Report-746
The Billionaire Playbook: How Sports Owners Use Their Teams to Avoid Millions in Taxes-547.67
“The Best Bargain in the History of Law Enforcement” — and the High Cost of Not Testing Backlogged Rape Kits047
The Secret IRS Files: Trove of Never-Before-Seen Records Reveal How the Wealthiest Avoid Income Tax056.33
“City Hall Put the Kibosh on That”: The Inside Story of How de Blasio Promised, Then Thwarted NYPD Accountability054.67
Some Hospitals Kept Suing Patients Over Medical Debt Through the Pandemic053.33