Shadowproof Bias and Reliability Overview

Shadowproof is an independent online news website and activist organization. Its stated goal is to “expose systemic abuses of power in business and government.” Topics include incarceration, whistleblowing, health care, labor and climate. The site was launched in 2015 after the Firedoglake political blog ended and merged its content into Shadowproof. Ad Fontes Media rates Shadowproof in the hyper-partisan left category of bias and as mixed reliability in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral 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.

The following are Shadowproof’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 35.50

Bias: -23.23

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

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 the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating a news article. To determine its reliability score, we consider the article’s veracity, expression, and its headline and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall reliability score.

To determine an article’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position and how it compares to other stories from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall bias score.

Article URLBiasReliability
US Justice Department Tries To Stifle Alleged WikiLeaks Source's Challenge To Cruel Confinement-16.6728
Alabama Prisoners Face Brutal Retaliation For Organizing Boycott-2230.33
After Ignoring Reality Winner's Case, MSNBC Uses Her To Attack Snowden-19.3329.67
'Barbaric Torture': Alleged WikiLeaks Source Details US Prison Conditions-3.3340
Decade After WikiLeaks Published Iraq War Logs, Assange Is In Prison-1344.67
EPA Whistleblower Who Exposed Pruitt Scandals Sues Over Retaliation-15.6741
I No Longer Hate Trump. In Fact, I Love Joe Biden Too.-35.6725.67
Shadowproof Launches Marvel Cooke Journalism Fellowship-31.6736
Plowshares Activists Pay Heavy Price For Resisting Nuclear Warfare-32.6731.67
Assange Legal Team Submits Closing Argument Against Extradition-1532.33
Suicide Crisis In Prisons Compounded By COVID-19, Lack Of Health Care-1.3341.67
How the Homeland Security Department Controls Its Image In Film And TV-2340.67
To Get Rid Of Union, Workers At Sporting Goods Factories Fired-4.3344.67
Low-Wage Workers Bear Brunt Of COVID-19 Pandemic As The Rich Profit-1547
Beyond Prisons: COVID-19 Dispatch From Pennsylvania Prison-24.3345.33
Dissenter Weekly: Vindicating The Rights Of Federal Whistleblowers-129.67
Elite Opposition To Trump Freaks Out Over Possible Pardon For Snowden-15.6721.33
Bangladesh Clothing Factory Workers Face Layoffs Due To COVID-19-1247.67
Defunding Police Requires Public Control Over External Revenue Sources-1446.67
An Abolitionist Approach To Addressing Sexual Violence Without Police-12.841.4
Philadelphia Has No Plan For Unhoused People In No Cop Zone-1539.67
California Initiatives Moves Away From Policing Mental Health Crises-1438.33
How Transformative Justice Can Address Harm Without Police-25.6735.67