Scripps News Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates Scripps News in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Scripps News is a news company focused on video news and analysis, with the motto, “Delivering news with the why.” It was founded as Newsy in 2008 in Colombia, Missouri, with the goal of providing video journalism for news consumers on mobile devices and online. It also produces a 24-hour live news channel. Newsy was purchased by E.W. Scripps Company in 2014.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 47.54

Bias: -3.19

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
Ohio Officer Suspended After Fatally Shooting Unarmed Black Man 0 47
Laura Weakens As It Moves Inland 0.33 47.33
Biotech Company Working On Coronavirus Antibody Detection Patch, Beads -0.67 44.67
Kenosha, Wisconsin, Saw Third Night Of Protests After Police Shooting -6 46.67
Falwell Officially Resigns From University Over Personal Scandals -4.67 42
No Evidence Of Foreign Tampering Of Mail-In Voting, Officials Say -3 51
TikTok's CEO Has Resigned -1 46.5
Vice President Pence Speaks At Republican National Convention -0.5 44.75
Minneapolis Mayor Declares State Of Emergency Amid Unrest 0.33 51.33
Texas Prepares For Hurricane Laura To Make Landfall 1.33 51
COVID-19 Moves College Campaigning Online -4.67 48.33
FDA Chief Admits To Overstating Plasma Treatment Benefits -5 44.33
Wisconsin Department Of Justice Says Kenosha Officer Fired 7 Shots -1.75 51
Christchurch Mosque Shooter Sentenced To Life Without Parole -0.25 51.5
Patients Suffering 'COVID Brain' Experience Forgetfulness, Strokes 0 49.67
Navy Ship Fire Now Believed To Be Arson 0 50
Iran Agrees To Allow Access To Suspected Nuclear Sites 0 48.33
University Of Alabama Coronavirus Outbreak -1.67 48.33
CDC Now Says People Without COVID-19 Symptoms Don't Need Testing -0.33 52.67
Pompeo Seeks Russian Poisoning Probe 'If Reports Prove Accurate' -1.6 52.8
Critics Call RNC Citizenship Ceremony 'Hypocrisy On A Galactic Scale' -11.33 48.33
College Campuses In 24 States Report COVID-19 Outbreaks -4 44.33
Hong Kong Police Arrest 16, Including 2 Pro-Democracy Lawmakers -2 43
Should Athletes Get Preferential Turnaround Times For COVID-19 Tests? -1 36
Report Says Social Security, Medicare Funds Are Quickly Dwindling 0 46.67


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