Seattle Times Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 40.88

Bias: -6.83

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 -5.33 46
The lost patients of WA’s abandoned psychiatric hospital 0 60.33 -1.67 44 0 43.33 -17.67 21.67 -17 19.67 -12.67 32.67 -3.33 43
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Vaccinated or not, keep your mask on, King County’s top health official urges 0 49.33
Remove Donald Trump from power -4.67 41
Higher viral load more deadly for COVID-19 hospital patients, UW analysis finds 0 50.33
A quarter of a million people in US have died of COVID-19 -1 51
What to watch for when the Seahawks play the Cardinals on Thursday Night Football 0 41.67
If you must travel, here is how to minimize your COVID-19 risk 0 48.67
US drops case against ex-Mexican general after pressure -2.67 48.33
Immunity to the coronavirus may last years, new research suggests -0.67 48.33
Why U.S. airlines are eager to fly Boeing’s upgraded 737 MAX 0 46
Washington state wedding with 300 guests turns into a COVID-19 super-spreader event -0.33 47
Washington sets record for daily coronavirus cases -0.67 51.33
Oregon decriminalizes heroin and cocaine, as four other states legalize recreational marijuana -5.33 46.33 0 49.67
Investigation into Manuel Ellis’ killing by Tacoma police flawed from the start -1.33 53
Smattering of COVID cases pop up on campuses as Washington colleges prepare for fall term -2.67 50.33
Proposal aims to pay Seattle Uber drivers for time spent waiting for a ride -3 47.67

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