The Root Bias and Reliability Overview

The Root is an online magazine targeted to African Americans, with the tagline “The Blacker the Content the Sweeter the Truth.” It is known for its annual Root 100 list of influential Black people between the ages of 25 and 45. The Root was launched in 2008 by literary critic Henry Gates Jr. and Donald Graham, former publisher of the Washington Post. It is now owned by G/O Media. Ad Fontes Media rates The Root in the hyper-partisan left category of bias and as mixed reliability 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 The Root’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 28.88

Bias: -20.18

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
Texas Deputy Attorney General Calls Simone Biles a ‘National Embarrassment,’ Offers Weak-Ass Apology-19.3321
Judge Sentences Derek Chauvin to 22.5 Years in Prison, Denies Request for New Trial045.33
The Talented Mr. June034.67
Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs Florida Mandate to Survey College Students' Views...Because He's Worried About 'Indoctrination'-2226
'I Was Just Depressed and Didn’t Want to Live': Mary J. Blige Reflects on My Life in New Amazon Prime Documentary037.67
Justice Department Files Lawsuit Against Georgia and Its Racist and Voter Suppressive Ways-20.3323.33
Ellie Kemper, Who Appeared on TV Show That Actually Starred Tituss Burgess, Outed as Former 'KKK Princess' on Twitter-1727.33
Texas Senate Passes Anti-Critical Race Theory in Schools Bill That Waters American History Down With White Tears-21.1726.5
A Black Woman Knocked on the Door Where a Southern White Man Was Suppressing the Black Vote. It Ended With Her Arrest-17.3340.33
America's Long Racist Nightmare Is Over-2523.33
GTFOH Trump Watch: And Just Like That, the Devil Is Gone-2824
Jon Ossoff Defeats David Perdue in Georgia Runoffs, Giving Democrats Control of the Senate-5.646.2
Civil Rights Activist Marsha P. Johnson to be the First Transgender Person Given a Monument in America-7.6747.67
Day 4: Satan Slept, and What We’ve Learned Now That the Republican National Convention Has Ended-32.6713.33
Jacob Blake Is No Longer Handcuffed to His Hospital Bed, Attorney Says [Updated]-2128
Turning Pain Into Policy: Kamala Harris, Ben Crump Explain Why Police Reform Starts With Economic Justice-18.3323
Earn Our Votes: The Black National Convention Aims to Set an Agenda That Both Political Parties Must Address-16.3332.33
Louisiana Supreme Court Decides a Black Man Should Stay in Prison for the Rest of His Life for Stealing Hedge Clippers-11.6742
Virginia Mayor Urged to Step Down for Saying That Joe Biden Chose Aunt Jemima as VP Pick-26.6726
Prosecutors Request Bond Be Revoked for Former Officer Who Shot Rayshard Brooks After He Took a Vacation to Florida-9.6744
It Is What It Is-30.3318
Trump on NBA Players Kneeling During National Anthem: ‘I Think It’s Disgraceful’-1936.67
Nikole Hannah-Jones, Creator of the New York Times' 1619 Project, Awarded 2020 Pulitzer Prize-1443.75
It’s Time for America to Do the Right Thing and Quarantine Trump’s Press Conferences-27.533.12
What’s Better Than One Billionaire Remaining Seated During the Super Bowl National Anthem? Two-24.2933.14