The Guardian Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates The Guardian in the Skews Left category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. The Guardian is a British news website begun as a print newspaper in 1821. The print edition is published in London, and the online newspaper was launched in 1999. The site is part of the Guardian Media Group, owned by Scott Trust Limited.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 41.27

Bias: -7.82

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
No 10 finally to respond to 2017 report on Hillsborough injustices -1.33 40
FBI to help Cypriot police investigate sanction-busting for Russian oligarchs 0 46.33
Specieswatch: the precarious life of a fairy shrimp 0 43.67
English town halls face unprecedented rise in bankruptcies, council leaders warn -2.33 46.33
Why does the spirit of Remain survive? Because it is about so much more than Brexit | Rafael Behr -11 32.33
Victoria police cancelled ambulance for handcuffed Noongar man who collapsed and later died, court hears -5.67 43
We won’t stop speaking out about Gaza’s suffering – there is no climate justice without human rights | Greta Thunberg and Fridays for Future Sweden -17.67 32
The 50 best films of 2023 in the UK – 50 to 41 0 33.33
TV tonight: the violent gangs stealing watches from people on the street -1.33 40.67
‘The science compels: phase out fossil fuels’: Mary Robinson responds after Cop28 row – live -6 42
Lawn and order: the evergreen appeal of grass-cutting in video games 0 38.33
NHS ‘unethical’ in recruiting nurses from short-staffed countries 0 43.33
Google to pay Canada news publishers $73m a year to keep news in search 0 44
Jessica Zrinski vanished a year ago after getting into a blue Commodore outside a Sydney pub 1.33 45
Weatherwatch: freezing nights, long strikes and high energy costs of 1973 -1 38.67
Rwanda is a proxy in the war for the Tory soul. It’s a war Rishi Sunak is losing | Rafael Behr -6.33 33
Most sponsors of Cop28 have not signed up to UN-backed net zero targets -5.33 43.33
Bears intercept Joshua Dobbs four times in last-gasp win over Vikings 0 42.67
High court unanimously ruled indefinite detention was unlawful while backing preventive regime 0 45
North Korea claims spy satellite has photographed White House and Pentagon 0 41.33
More Israeli hostages and Palestinians freed as ceasefire extension agreed 0 48
Prime-time gambling ads would be banned in Victoria under proposal by Labor-led inquiry 0 43.33
The government has lost control of the cost of living crisis – here's how businesses must step in | Gordon Brown -4.33 35.67
How the climate crisis is affecting breeding birds 0 44.33
At risk: 10 ways the changing climate is creating a health emergency -6.67 44

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