RT Bias and Reliability Overview

RT (Russia Today) is a global news network of TV channels and digital platforms in six languages. RT is based in Moscow, Russia, and funded by the Russian government. Its RT America channel, launched in 2010, is registered as a foreign agent by the U.S. Department of Justice. RT America, based in Washington, D.C., records more than 171 million visits per month on its website. Ad Fontes Media rates RT in the skews right 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 RT’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 30.62

Bias: 12.04

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
Service dogs LEFT FOR DEAD in Kabul by departing US troops – reports2.6710
‘Why do you need to have that information?’ White House REFUSES to reveal number of ‘breakthrough cases’ in Covid-infected staff8.3337
Hesitancy battle lost? Vast majority of unvaccinated Americans say they WON’T be getting Covid-19 jabs, poll shows829.33
‘Reached the limits’ of voluntary system: New York Mayor de Blasio urges businesses to force vaccines on employees5.3343.33
Bilingual orders & no more gas: Police slapped with new RESTRICTIONS after George Floyd protest settlement in North Carolina-139.67
As thousands of inmates sent home over pandemic could be told to return to prison, activists urge Biden to #KeepThemHome0.3331
‘Unacceptable’: Fox News blasts NSA after report reveals they ‘unmasked’ host Tucker Carlson in communications1227
‘We can’t coddle violent criminals!’ DC police chief shreds media & ‘dysfunctional’ justice system after upscale district shooting738.33
Biden administration sees highest number of illegal immigrants attempt to cross US southern border for 2 decades13.3327
State gets sued over law demanding transgender people give proof of surgery if they want to change sex on birth certificate2.3340.33
Mental 'virus' or real, governments can't just censor and imprison their way out of immunity debt2321.33
Fauci says US would still have smallpox & polio if vaccines got the same pushback then as they do now in attack on Fox9.3338.33
Facebook says 85% of US users are pro-vaccine as it rejects Biden’s criticism of ‘killing people’ with Covid-19 misinformation241.33
‘Fun family day turned into nightmare’: Over 30 hospitalized after suspected chemical leak in Texas theme park044.67
Cuba's US affairs director asks if ‘humanitarian intervention’ is in order as Florida becomes Covid-19 hotspot-2720.67
‘Booster shots not needed… at this time’: Fauci says Pfizer apologized for blindsiding feds with 3rd Covid jab notice044.33
Biden administration reverses Trump policy on pregnant immigrants, with new instructions never referring to them as ‘women’142.33
Texas man who famously waited hours to vote in Democratic primary faces up to 40yrs in prison for illegal voting-142
‘Who shot Ashli Babbitt?’ Trump asks, floating theory ‘head of security’ for top Democrat could have pulled trigger3.6740
Man vandalizes Hunter Biden art gallery by spray-painting ‘Daddy’, assaults gallery employee, gets arrested036.67
FBI goes ‘American Stasi’ with tweet encouraging family members to rat each other out for ‘extremism’1117.67
Billionaire Branson soars to edge of space in his Unity rocket plane042.67
Canada's international image is a kind and gentle one. But internally, this Canada Day was a reminder of the nation’s dark history037
White House turns the tables on ‘defund the police’ slogan, suggesting it was Republicans’ idea all along1135.67
‘Colossal and devastating’ ransomware attack targets hundreds of US companies, cyber researchers say1.3337