TechCrunch Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates TechCrunch in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. TechCrunch reports on the business of the tech industry through its website, a virtual speaker series and newsletters. The company is known for sponsoring an annual technology conference, TechCrunch Disrupt. Headquartered in San Francisco, TechCrunch was launched in 2005 and is now part of Yahoo.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 45.40

Bias: -0.42

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
Microsoft and Sony sign deal to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation consoles 0 41.33
Anthropic releases Claude 2, its second-gen AI chatbot 0 42.33
HCA Healthcare reports breach of 11 million patients’ personal data 0 42.67
Microsoft brings new AI-powered shopping tools to Bing and Edge 0 37.67
The surgeon general’s advisory on risks of youth social media use could shift the conversation 0 45.67
The ruling against Juuling? – TechCrunch 0 44.67
Twitter expands API with support for posting and deleting tweets, Super Follows and more – TechCrunch 0 47.67
Daily Crunch: Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses are latest step in Facebook’s AR ambitions – TechCrunch 0 45
Tesla taps tiny startup’s tech to build cheaper, cleaner batteries – TechCrunch 0 44.67
Jack Ma’s absence from public eye sparks Twitter discussions – TechCrunch 0 48.67
FBI, NSA say ongoing hacks at US federal agencies ‘likely Russian in origin’ – TechCrunch 0 47.67
Twitter bots and memorialized users will become ‘new account types’ in 2021 – TechCrunch -0.67 49.67
Lt. Gen. John Thompson explains how startups can interact with the Space Force – TechCrunch 0 49
Amazon’s Halo fitness tracker raises privacy concerns for Amy Klobuchar – TechCrunch -1.25 43.25
TikTok launches its first personalized annual recap feature, ‘Year on TikTok’ – TechCrunch 0 43.67
Google expands its cloud with new regions in Chile, Germany and Saudi Arabia – TechCrunch 0 48.67
The new stimulus bill makes illegal streaming a felony – TechCrunch -1 41
NASA opens new launchpad at Kennedy Space Center meant to serve multiple commercial launch customers – TechCrunch 0 48
Elon Musk claims he tried selling Tesla to Apple but Tim Cook wasn’t interested – TechCrunch 0 44
TaskRabbit is resetting customer passwords after finding ‘suspicious activity’ on its network – TechCrunch 0 44.67
What a Facebook Photos product manager thinks about antitrust – TechCrunch 2.67 42.67
Remembering the startups we lost in 2020 – TechCrunch 0 47
Twitter’s POTUS account will reportedly be reset to zero followers when Biden takes over – TechCrunch -4.33 44.33
Twitter restricts Trump’s tweet claiming that foes would ‘steal’ the election – TechCrunch -6 46.33
Twitter may let users choose how to crop image previews after bias scrutiny – TechCrunch -0.67 49.67

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