Tennessean Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates Tennessean in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Tennessean is a daily newspaper and website based in Nashville that covers middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky. The newspaper was founded in 1907 and is now part of the Gannett Company.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 47.46

Bias: -1.94

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
Tennessee's top vaccine official got glowing reviews before her firing -1.2 44.8
Metro Council approves Oracle deal on East Nashville riverfront in final hurdle for $1.2B development 0 47.33
Half of all registered Tennessee voters have already cast ballots, state shatters early voting record 0 50.33
This week in coronavirus: On the eve of an election, COVID-19 is worse than ever -1.33 49.33
Get Access 0 47.67
Meharry students eligible for scholarship of up to $100K funded by $34M Bloomberg donation -7.67 45
Tennessee Department of Education to start reporting the number of COVID-19 cases in schools weekly -3 47.67
Titans' 53-man roster projection ahead of cut day, season opener vs. Broncos -1 41.33
'Just about disgusted': North Nashville tornado survivors struggle to rebuild -4.67 38
Tennessee plans to now waive application, allow schools to distribute food assistance to families -0.67 48.33
Gov. Bill Lee extends Tennessee's coronavirus state of emergency through September 0 51.67
Coronavirus in Tennessee: State reports 1,636 new cases, 28 new deaths 0 52.67
An 'angel on earth,' Gilda's Club exec performs a sacred task for her dying friend 0 47.33
Weather updates: More storms coming Friday evening in Middle Tennessee 0 49.33
Black Players for Change of MLS, league agree to resume games, discontinue player walk-outs; Black players to meet with owners -4.67 40.33
These Tennessee school districts are already reporting COVID-19 cases after reopening 0 52.67
Downtown Nashville bars launch 'Honky Tonk Heroes' campaign urging patrons to mask up 0 46.67
Coronavirus in Tennessee: Latest news, updates on COVID-19 pandemic 1.67 50
US Senate candidates Bill Hagerty, Manny Sethi undergo COVID-19 testing 0.67 48.33
Nashville-based research firm seeking volunteers for COVID-19 vaccine trial 0.33 50.33