Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Mixed Reliability/Opinion OR Other Issues

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Overall Score

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

Reliability: 26.21

Bias: -13.87

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
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One Hospital Denies Oklahoma Doctor’s Story of Ivermectin Overdoses Causing ER Delays for Gunshot Victims-148
Nicki Minaj Is Now a QAnon Hero-10.3325.33
Why Marijuana Could Keep Sha’Carri Richardson Out of the Olympics-4.3342.67
Miami’s Climate Dystopia Gets Real-12.3342
The Forever-Trump Movement Has Won-1534.67
Diamond and Sulk: A Weekend With Mike Lindell and the MAGA Zombies-18.6723.67
This Is Your Brain After Trump-14.6729.67
How Democrats Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Nuking the Filibuster-16.6739.33
How Trans Kids Landed in the Crossfire of the Culture Wars — and the Damage It Could Do-11.3342.67
Vax Live: Inside the First Full-Scale, Covid-Compliant Concert in the United States-7.3339.67
Trump Pardoned a Bunch of People Who Are Almost as Corrupt as He Is-944.33
Ho, Ho, Ho, You’re Not Getting $2,000-643
Fauci Warns of ‘Surge Upon a Surge’ in Covid-19 After Christmas, New Year’s-0.3346.67
‘Useful Idiots’: Surveillance in Tech, ‘Biracial Commercials,’ Obama’s Drones-13.3330
Trump Tries to Ruin the Environment as Much as Possible Before Leaving-10.3333.67
Governors Are ‘Angry,’ Frustrated at Trump Administration’s Bungling of Vaccine Distribution-8.6749
The New Pandemic Relief Bill Is a Huge Win for the Planet-6.3344.33
Loving People Who Love Donald Trump-1433
Dave Grohl Concedes His Drum Battle With 10-Year-Old Nandi Bushell040.67
Trump’s Tantrum and the Constitution’s Imaginary ‘No Do-Overs Clause’-1738.67
Kid Rock Fires Back at Lawyers Who Subpoenaed Him for ICP’s Sex Toy2.3333.33