ProPublica Bias and Reliability Overview

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

Reliability: 47.46

Bias: -6.93

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
“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
An Online Lender Gave Hundreds of PPP Loans to Fake Farms. Now Congress Is Investigating.050
A Crisis of Undiagnosed Cancers Is Emerging in the Pandemic’s Second Year-5.6747
Donald Trump Built a National Debt So Big (Even Before the Pandemic) That It’ll Weigh Down the Economy for Years-5.447.8
Vaccinating Black Americans Is Essential. Key States Aren’t Doing the Work to Combat Hesitancy-10.6733.33
Restrictions on the South Texas Border Were Meant to Protect People From COVID-19. Then the Handcuffs Came Out.-8.6744