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: 42.03

Bias: -8.33

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
Impervious to advice or rules, Johnson held up the shield of stupidity -2.33 27
Biden administration quietly resumes deportations to Russia -0.33 44.67
Trump in panic mode as he braces for likely charges in Stormy Daniels case -6 36.67
My mother, the troll: ‘I think she lost sight of the McCanns’ humanity’ -0.67 41.33
Gary Lineker was singled out from a long list of BBC stars who express political views -0.67 40
Lineker row threatens to topple BBC chiefs and hit Tory asylum plans -4.67 42
‘He’s gone full Trump’: Tories turn on Boris Johnson over Partygate -2.67 42.67
Isabel Oakeshott: the journalist who turned over Matt Hancock -2.67 39.67
Stunning Rupert Murdoch deposition leaves Fox News in a world of trouble -5.33 42.67
Covid-19 likely came from lab leak, says news report citing US energy department -4 43.67
‘A big freaking deal’: the grand jury that investigated Trump election pressure -4 42
No coach, no agent, no ego: the incredible story of the ‘Lionel Messi of cliff diving’ 0 42.67
‘All we have had is losses’: Royal Mail dismisses ‘absurd’ $80m ransom demand 0 43.33
Russia accused of trying to use TV to create Ukraine ‘digital ghetto’ 0 40.33
Nicola Bulley is ‘high-risk’ missing person owing to alcohol issues, police say 0 44.33
US shoots down ‘octagonal’ flying object near military sites in Michigan 0 44
Spy balloons: what are they and why are they still being used? -1.67 43.67
Revealed: secret cross-party summit held to confront failings of Brexit 0 43
Why Marjorie Taylor Greene dressed like that at the State of the Union -8 36
Head of Epsom College found dead at school alongside husband and daughter 0.33 44
Republicans have a serious antisemitism problem. It isn’t Ilhan Omar | Moustafa Bayoumi -18 26.33
China calls for calm amid growing row with US over suspected spy balloons 3.17 42.67
‘The system hasn’t changed’: a family reflects on their tragedy in the wake of Tyre Nichols’s death -7 44.33
The man in charge of how the US spends $400bn to shift away from fossil fuels -15 42.33
Radishes and rainbows: the LGBTQ growers reimagining the traditional family farm -16.67 41.33

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