San Francisco Chronicle Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates San Francisco Chronicle in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. San Francisco Chronicle is the largest newspaper in northern California, covering the San Francisco Bay area. Founded in 1865, the newspaper became part of Hearst Communications in 2000. The newspaper has been awarded six Pulitzer Prizes.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for San Francisco Chronicle according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 45.24

Bias: -5.68

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 0 44.33
S.F. spent millions to shelter homeless in hotels. These are the disastrous results 0 58.33
My sister is homeless on California’s streets. I can’t help her 0 37
California storm: Overnight forecast sees gusty winds up to 80 mph 0 45.67
S.F. archbishop 'grateful' for chance to rebuke Catholic politicians who support abortion rights - including Biden -5.8 36.2
S.F. is about to break ground on the most expensive park in city history 0 46.8
Vaccinated workers can now do away with masks on the job in California -1 45.8
S.F. wanted to bring seniors back to get $12 million in state funding. But the plan might fall short 0 46.33
The irony of crying 'cancel culture' on MLB for striking All-Star Game from Atlanta -14 29
Trump incites attack on American democracy. He needs to go. Now -13 33
Editorial: A dark day in America, incited by the president of the United States -9.86 37.57
State budget looking at $26 billion windfall next year, but money woes remain -1.67 47
Does COVID-19 result in lasting immunity? Growing evidence says yes -1 46
First rain of season unveils a new pollution problem: masks and gloves — pandemic PPE -1.67 47
U.S. surpasses 250,000 COVID deaths as pandemic rages across the nation. Bay Area braces for the worst -1 49.67
These maps reveal where every S.F. overdose occurred this year -1.67 52.67
Health officials’ plea: Cancel the Thanksgiving spread and stay home -1.67 46.33
Plastic garbage poses major threat to whales, other marine life, report finds -1 49
At least 750,000 Californians could lose unemployment benefits by end of 2020 -2 49.67
Nancy Pelosi calls salon visit a ‘setup,’ refuses to apologize 2.33 46
GOP looks to score points in California House races on ‘defund the police’ issue -13 40
Three SF supervisors, environmental groups seek ouster of health official after Chronicle investigation -2.33 52 -0.67 51
A new strain of the coronavirus is dominant now. Is it more contagious? -0.67 44.67
Menlo Park megachurch pastor steps down in wake of scandal -2 44.67