Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Ad Fontes Media rates SF Gate in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. SF Gate is a news website that has focused on coverage of San Francisco and the Bay Area in California since 1994. It is a sister website of the daily newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, part of the Hearst Communications family. SFGate won a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 2010. The website records more than 30 million visits per month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 45.78

Bias: -1.68

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
Catalytic converter thefts rampant in the Bay Area045.33
2 Bay Area counties have setbacks in lifting mask mandates-0.3343.33
San Francisco has a major image problem-5.6738.67
What's that loud sound in SF? Don't worry, it's Fleet Week.044.67
Were mask mandates effective vs. delta? What the data says-2.6741.33
Biden allies reportedly confused by Kamala Harris' secretive California trip-5.6743
John Cox is now complaining about his own 1,000-pound bear stunt-437.67
California now ranks dead last in administering COVID-19 vaccines045.67
Power outage affecting 2,100 customers caused by arcing wires, fire046.67
New vaccination site opens at Mountain View community center048.33
California man blasts Texas 'dystopia' in Op-Ed after moving to Austin-135.67
Photos show U.S. Capitol building ransacked after violent siege-3.6747
3 arrested after missing California girl found hiding under trapdoor050.33
San Franciscans report robocalls instructing residents to 'stay home'-2.6747.67
What do the election results mean for Bay Area and Calif. kids and schools?-4.3348.33
Measure RR charges ahead, keeps Caltrain running047.33
Some California House races remain close as Nunes pulls ahead of Arballo047
Outrageous spending pays off in Calif.'s pricey proposition races-539.67
Plague-bearing fleas spark closures at popular Lake Tahoe sites051
Nancy Pelosi's stylist says salon owner set up speaker 'for her own vain aspirations'-3.6746.67
What's open and closed over Labor Day? A guide to Bay Area beaches0.6751.33
Massive Bay Area wildfires now visible from space-0.6753
The 2020 San Francisco exodus is real, and historic, report shows0.6746.67
'Stay out of Tahoe': Angry residents plan on fighting back against tourists 'trashing' the region-448
More than 300,000 acres burned in three days as resource-depleted Calif. battles blazes054