Roll Call Bias and Reliability Overview

Roll Call is a newspaper and website dedicated to coverage of the U.S. Congress. It focuses its coverage on elections, politics and policy. Published in Washington, D.C., since 1955, Roll Call is part of FiscalNote, a private software, data and media company that also publishes CQ (formerly Congressional Quarterly). CQ Roll Call describes itself as “the only media company that connects policy professionals and opinion leaders with the information and tools they need to understand and influence Congress.” Roll Call has more than 35,000 subscribers to its newspaper, and the website records more than 1.2 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Roll Call in the middle 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 Roll Call’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 46.53

Bias: -2.82

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
State redistricting can start with new census data, but litigation looms-245
The filibuster is what makes the Senate unique. Let’s keep it that way6.3336
Schumer puts election overhaul on June agenda, floats second attempt at 1/6 commission-2.6744.33
Census misses create worries of Hispanic undercount-6.3345.33
Ex-Rep. Ryan Zinke eyes new House seat in Montana-2.6745.33
Coronavirus relief bill, omnibus spending on tap, McConnell says049
House losses all have come on Democratic side so far1.3348.67
Trump administration seeks funds for agencies hurt by pandemic0.2552.25
White House orders eviction ban through end of year053.5
Pelosi and Mnuchin agree to try to avoid government shutdown049.67
Attorney questions handling of discrimination complaint by Capitol Police-351.33
Progressives eye ‘sea change’ at powerful House committee-6.3346.67
Hospitals eye permanent telehealth expansion with FCC funds-0.6748
Scaled-back GOP aid package would write off $10 billion postal loan345.67
Florida GOP Rep. Ross Spano loses primary to Scott Franklin347
Even with one-party rule, Biden health care plan is no slam dunk-6.6743.33
Communist China puts our technology and safety at risk every day9.6741
House adopts Ocasio-Cortez housing bias amendments to block HUD-12.3339.67
Ethics committee reprimands Schweikert, orders $50,000 fine-152.67
John Lewis’ best friends in Congress attend his funeral-848.33
No ‘skinny’ deal on coronavirus relief in late-night meeting-744.33