Real News Network Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Strong Left

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates Real News Network in the Strong Left category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. Real News Network is a nonprofit news organization that focuses its news and documentary format on topics related to the climate change crisis, in addition to other social and economic concerns. Founded in 2007, The Real News Network has headquarters in Baltimore.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 36.79

Bias: -17.53

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
The forgotten worker -7.33 43.33
In a historic ruling, a Dutch court ordered fossil fuel giant Shell to cut its CO2 emissions 45% by 2030 -12 37
A business without bosses -8.33 43
Hassan Diab is accused of a deadly explosion. Supporters say his continued persecution isn’t justice -12 34.67
Battleground Baltimore: What does George Floyd mean to Baltimore? -13.67 38.67
Mother of Richard Risher, killed by LAPD, speaks out against BLM leaders -20.67 22.67
Neo-fascists found their voice in Trump. Where will the left’s voice come from? -29.67 27.67
Democrats have the power but the insurrectionists are here to stay -23.33 29.67
Coronavirus Cases Surge As Nurses Demand States Close Until They Can Reopen Safely -18 39.5
Climate Crisis: Historic Arizona Wildfires May Worsen COVID-19 -8 34.33
Who Controls The Money When We Defund Police? -20.67 35.33
International Pressure Kept Canada From Joining Security Council -15.33 38.67
Anti-Racism Protesters Face Ongoing Police Violence -16.33 44
Why Disbanding Plainclothes Police Units Isn’t Enough -10 46.33
Climate Crisis: Keystone XL Supreme, Cap and Trade Takes Hit and California Geoengineering -6 47.33
Netanyahu Ties Corruption Trial To West Bank Annexation Plans -11 48
Popularity of Bail Funds Continue Protests’ Momentum -11.33 48.67
Say Her Name: On Average, Police Kill One Black Woman A Month -14.67 46.67
Pandemic 2.0: Amazon Deforestation Could Unleash A Wave Of Pandemics Sooner Than We Think -19 39.67
Trump Creates Chaos By Using The Military To Respond To Racial And Economic Injustice -24.33 28.67
Georgia’s Elections Were A Voter Suppression Horror Show -20.67 37
‘We Can’t Wait’ Defund The Police Has Its Moment -19.33 39.67
Activists Paint ‘Defund Police’ In Front Of Baltimore City Hall -15.33 38.17

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