Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Overview

Ad Fontes Media rates Roll Call in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. 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.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 46.31

Bias: -3.27

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
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Nonprofit linked to PhRMA behind ads opposing drug pricing changes-7.3345.67
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