Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

Background CTA chart

Compare the scores of St. Louis Post-Dispatch to other sources on our free Interactive Media Bias Chart. Click Here!


Ad Fontes Media rates St. Louis Post-Dispatch in the Skews Left category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. 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.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for St. Louis Post-Dispatch according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 44.73

Bias: -8.57

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
Suspected serial killer heard voices, was a 'bomb about to explode,' Ferguson relative says-1.3348.67
Sultan: What life was like for women before Roe v. Wade-8.6741.33
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
Missouri voters approve Republican bid to alter redistricting rules; won’t count kids in process0.6746.67
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