Snopes Bias and Reliability Overview

Snopes is an online fact-checking source. Started in 1994, it began by investigating urban legends and folklore, and it now researches common social and political facts. Snopes is an independent publication owned by Snopes Media Group. The website records approximately 25.5 million visits per month. In August 2021 BuzzFeed News reported that David Mikkelson, co-founder of Snopes, had written and published more than 50 articles with plagiarized material between 2015 and 2019. Snopes then banned Mikkelson from publishing articles and retracted those articles that contained plagiarized content. Ad Fontes Media rates Snopes in the middle category of bias and as most reliable 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 Snopes’ overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 45.49

Bias: -2.18

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
Remembering Aviator Amelia Earhart on Her Birthday (07/24/1897)039.67
AP-NORC Poll: Most Unvaccinated Americans Don’t Want Shots-1.3340.33
States Scale Back Virus Reporting Just as Cases Surge-3.3343
Did US Women’s Soccer Kneel During National Anthem at 2020 Olympic Opener?-1.6745
Was the Olympics Torch Relay a Tool of Nazi Propaganda?042.33
NFL Teams Face Potential Forfeits for COVID-19 Outbreaks043.33
Is This Meandering Quote From Biden Real?047
Lightning Strike? Cause of George Floyd Mural Collapse Disputed047
Were the Founding Fathers Not Involved in Pledge, Anthem, ‘In God We Trust’?048
EXPLAINER: How Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos Will Soar Into Space047
In Trump’s Jan. 6 Recast, Attackers Become Martyrs, Heroes-13.3334.67
No, Tucker Carlson Didn’t Reveal Evidence of Mass Voter Fraud in Georgia-248.33
Did Caitlyn Jenner Propose Moving Homeless People to ‘Big Open Fields’?-143.33
No, Lauren Boebert Did Not Tweet ‘I’d Rather See Every Child Killed Than Pass Gun Laws’043.67
Videos Show New York Heroes Removing Litter from Clogged Drain on Flooded Block039.33
Abandoned McDonald’s Preserved Like an ’80s Time Capsule038.33
Yes, Lauren Boebert Tweeted That ‘Turning Off CNN’ was the ‘Easiest Way’ to Make the Delta Variant Go Away-7.3340.67
Did Amazon Wait To Help Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine?-546.33
Did a Conservative News Site Admit Its Voter-Fraud Claims Were False?050.67
Are the Trumps Looting the White House?050.67
Did Marine Corps Tell Pelosi, ‘We Don’t Work For You’?051
Was an ‘Anti-Antifa’ Shirt Worn at US Capitol Riot?046.67
Did Members of Congress Give 'Reconnaissance Tours' Before Capitol Riots?-0.3347
Did Trump Say 'We Love You' to Capitol Rioters?-3.6749
Was 2020 a ‘Typical Year’ for US Deaths Despite COVID-19?047.67