TheGrio Bias and Reliability Overview

TheGrio is a news website with video content targeted to issues important to Black America. Originally launched as part of NBC News in 2009, it became part of the MSNBC platform in 2013. It was acquired by Entertainment Studios in 2016. The name “grio” comes from griot, a West African storyteller. The site records approximately 3.36 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates TheGrio in the skews left category of bias and as most reliable in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral 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.

The following are TheGrio’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 39.42

Bias: -11.40

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

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 the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating a news article. To determine its reliability score, we consider the article’s veracity, expression, and its headline and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall reliability score.

To determine an article’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position and how it compares to other stories from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall bias score.

Article URLBiasReliability
McConnell issues letter to remove ‘1619 Project’ from federal grant programs-1636
Trump tells aides not to pay Giuliani's legal fees following Capitol riots - TheGrio-1243.33
Trump supporters clash with protesters at rally in DC, four people stabbed-542.67
US executes second death row inmate in two days-444.67
Trump says 'it's not over' after Supreme Court dismisses case - TheGrio-1.3344.67
Former staffer accuses Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment - TheGrio-1.3342.33
Protesters rally to save a Black family's home - TheGrio-642.33
DeJoy may have to testify about US Postal Services not complying with mail-in ballot order - TheGrio-448.33
Biden passes Obama for most votes of all time with 70 million - TheGrio-5.3343.67
Why the first openly Black gay men elected to Congress matter-11.3341.67
North Dakota candidate who died from COVID-19 wins election - TheGrio-1.3343.67
Jaime Harrison talks historical campaign and building a ‘New South’-1342
Cory Booker slams ‘racist’ GOP House candidate for comments about working with 'non-white males' - TheGrio-8.6744.33
Boston ballot drop box set on fire: A 'disgrace to democracy' - TheGrio041.67
Columnist Peggy Noonan slammed for saying Harris’ dancing is ‘embarrassing’ - TheGrio-1636
Prince Harry admits he didn't know 'unconscious bias' existed until he 'walked a day in Meghan's shoes' - TheGrio-6.3329.67
Jared Kushner implies Black people don't want to be successful as he defends Trump - TheGrio-1334
Ohio Democratic Rep. Kennedy Kent endorses Trump - TheGrio-7.3345.33
Beyoncé donates $1 million to small Black-owned businesses - TheGrio-13.3333.67
Video in Black man’s suffocation shows cops put hood on him - TheGrio-1232.33
AG William Barr says Jacob Blake shooting may have been justified - TheGrio-18.6723
Trump told Huckabee Sanders 'take one for the team' after Kim Jong Un wink - TheGrio-12.6741.67
Ben & Jerry's announces new podcast on systemic racism, White supremacy - TheGrio-12.6743.33
The not-so-hidden racism behind mispronouncing Kamala Harris’s name-15.532.5
FBI: Trump's mail-in ballot interference accusations not supported by evidence - TheGrio-4.2543.25