St. Louis Post-Dispatch Bias and Reliability Overview

St. Louis Post-Dispatch is a daily print and digital newspaper based in St. Louis, Missouri. It covers news, sports, business, entertainment, life and style in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. The newspaper was founded in 1878 by Joseph Pulitzer and was purchased by Lee Enterprises in 2005. The Post-Dispatch has won 19 Pulitzer Prizes. The Sunday print edition circulates to 96,600 people, with the weekday circulation reaching 62,400. The website records more than 6 million visits each month. Ad Fontes Media rates St. Louis Post-Dispatch in the skews left 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 St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 44.61

Bias: -8.99

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
Messenger: Missouri Republicans embrace racism and censorship in trying to ban the 1619 Project-1932.33
Editorial: Hawley should resign. Silent enablers must now publicly condemn Trumpism.-13.3333
‘Virus is winning,’ task force warns as leaders urge Missouri governor to take action046.33
One mile in St. Louis: Death comes too often on stretch of North Grand-8.3347
Running out of room: St. Louis hospitals forced to turn away patients from rural areas as COVID cases soar048
Matter's Picks: Can Mizzou topple Vols on Rocky Top?032
Pritzker administration’s moves to support southern Illinois coal industry belie governor’s support for clean energy-1448
Mizzou athletes march on campus to shine light on social injustices-3.6750.33
Teen dies after hanging out of SUV's sunroof in downtown St. Louis garage0.6751.67
Push to let state intervene in St. Louis homicide prosecutions appears doomed in Legislature-1.6747
After latest St. Louis County jail scandal, advisers want a larger role in reforms0.6749.67
Building housing appliance store in north St. Louis collapses050
Jefferson County board revokes mask ordinance one day after it was passed-2.3339.33
Pandemic plunges couples into wedding-planning maelstrom0.3339.67
Secretary of State Ashcroft defends comments on dads risking death to send kids to school-250.33
Sam Page wins Democratic primary for St. Louis County executive-4.6744.83
Gardner easily wins primary for St. Louis circuit attorney-1.6744.67
Bush shocks Clay in congressional primary: 'We the people have answers'-7.3344
Missouri voters narrowly approve Medicaid expansion-3.3349.33