Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Ad Fontes Media rates San Francisco Examiner in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. San Francisco Examiner is a newspaper and website that covers the San Francisco area in California. Founded in 1863 as the Democratic Press, the newspaper was formerly the flagship of the Hearst Corporation. It is now part of San Francisco Media Company, owned by Clint Reilly Communications since January 2021. The website records approximately 664,000 visits per month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 44.09

Bias: -4.11

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
SFUSD middle school and high school students ‘unlikely’ to return to school this year – The San Francisco Examiner045.33
Legendary SF private detective on life support after robbery in the Haight – The San Francisco Examiner044.33
New search launched for meth sobering center site – The San Francisco Examiner-1.3347.67
S.F. still falling short of goal to represent women in public art – The San Francisco Examiner-2.3346.67
Regional coronavirus stay-at-home orders lifted as ICU capacity improves – The San Francisco Examiner047.33
Thousands fly through SFO before holidays, despite statewide stay-at-home order – The San Francisco Examiner045
Preston calls for hearing on UCSF Inner Sunset expansion – The San Francisco Examiner-1.3344.33
SFPD issues few speeding tickets in the Tenderloin despite traffic safety concerns – The San Francisco Examiner-246.67
New system for collecting tolls at state-owned bridges goes into effect Friday – The San Francisco Examiner047
Community groups urge SF not to shut down shelter-in-place hotels – The San Francisco Examiner-5.3334.33
Pandemic response shows hunger is a problem that can be solved – The San Francisco Examiner-9.6742
Letter: Setting the record straight on the renegotiated police union contract – The San Francisco Examiner-10.3338.67
San Francisco needs a rental housing inventory – The San Francisco Examiner041.67
Childcare is essential to The City’s recovery – The San Francisco Examiner-1.3341.67
Talkin’ ’bout a Starcity revolution – The San Francisco Examiner042
Moscone Convention Center faces uncertain future, Grand Jury says – The San Francisco Examiner0.3343.33
Former SFPD officer pleads not guilty to felony charges in 2017 Bayview police shooting – The San Francisco Examiner-4.3345.33
Shelter-in-place order may be slowing spread of COVID-19 – The San Francisco Examiner-447.67
Services remain elusive for many Latinos who contract COVID-19 – The San Francisco Examiner-146.67