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Week Ending May 15, 2022

Monkeypox

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Topic of the Week - Advanced Bias Reliability
Article 1: The Hill- UN agency denounces ‘homophobic and racist stereotypes’ in monkeypox reporting -3.33 47.67
Article 2: KSL- Explainer: How concerned should we be about monkeypox? 0.00 50.00
Article 3: Forbes- Monkeypox Outbreak Triggers New Conspiracy Theories About Bill Gates As #BillGatesBioTerrorist Trends -7.33 35.67
Article 4: The Gateway Pundit- Stunning. Wuhan Lab was Experimenting with Monkeypox Last Year – Published Research Report in International Journal in February 7.00 17.33
Article 5: The Atlantic- So, Have You Heard About Monkeypox? 0.00 44.67
Article 6: Natural News- New engineered pandemic: US buys millions of vaccines as monkeypox outbreak hits Europe and North America 19.33 7.67
Reliability Scores (0-64)  
  • 56+: Original fact reporting; high effort/importance
  • 48-55: Fact reporting
  • 40-47: Complex analysis or mix of fact reporting & analysis
  • 32-39: Analysis
  • 25-31: Opinion/fair persuasion
  • 17-24: Selective or incomplete; unfair persuasion; propaganda
  • 9-16: Contains misleading information
  • 0-8: Contains false information
Bias Scores (-42 to +42) 
based on present-day U.S. politics
  • -42 to -30: Most extreme left
  • -29 to -18: Hyper-partisan left
  • -17 to -6: Skews left
  • -5 to +5: Middle (minimal, balanced, or centrist bias)
  • +6 to +17: Skews right
  • +18 to +29: Hyper-partisan right
  • +30 to +42: Most extreme right
Scores of the Monkeypox articles on the chart

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Week Ending May 15, 2022

How it Works

  • We select a topic each week and post links to varying reporting on it

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Reliability Scores (0-64)  
  • 56+: Original fact reporting; high effort/importance
  • 48-55: Fact reporting
  • 40-47: Complex analysis or mix of fact reporting & analysis
  • 32-39: Analysis
  • 25-31: Opinion/fair persuasion
  • 17-24: Selective or incomplete; unfair persuasion; propaganda
  • 9-16: Contains misleading information
  • 0-8: Contains false information
Bias Scores (-42 to +42) 
based on present-day U.S. politics
  • -42 to -30: Most extreme left
  • -29 to -18: Hyper-partisan left
  • -17 to -6: Skews left
  • -5 to +5: Middle (minimal, balanced, or centrist bias)
  • +6 to +17: Skews right
  • +18 to +29: Hyper-partisan right
  • +30 to +42: Most extreme right
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Week Ending May 8, 2022

Shots Fired

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Topic of the Week - Advanced Bias Reliability
Article 1: Daily Kos- Let me be clear: The mass shootings are not the result of the Internet, they are the result of guns -23.33 18.33
Article 2: Reuters- 'Copycat' mass shootings becoming deadlier, experts warn after New York attack 0.00 46.00
Article 3: New York Post- Buffalo shooting suspect allegedly wrote Waukesha parade victim’s name on gun 2.33 37.67
Article 4: Bearing Arms- Buffalo grocery store shooting leaves 10 dead 12.67 29.67
Article 5: Mother Jones- The Buffalo Shooter’s Manifesto Relied on the Same White Supremacist Conspiracy Pushed by Tucker Carlson -20.33 30.00
Article 6: Yahoo.com- Pelosi calls for 'balance' between free speech and safety after Buffalo shooting -7.33 39.67
Reliability Scores (0-64)  
  • 56+: Original fact reporting; high effort/importance
  • 48-55: Fact reporting
  • 40-47: Complex analysis or mix of fact reporting & analysis
  • 32-39: Analysis
  • 25-31: Opinion/fair persuasion
  • 17-24: Selective or incomplete; unfair persuasion; propaganda
  • 9-16: Contains misleading information
  • 0-8: Contains false information
Bias Scores (-42 to +42) 
based on present-day U.S. politics
  • -42 to -30: Most extreme left
  • -29 to -18: Hyper-partisan left
  • -17 to -6: Skews left
  • -5 to +5: Middle (minimal, balanced, or centrist bias)
  • +6 to +17: Skews right
  • +18 to +29: Hyper-partisan right
  • +30 to +42: Most extreme right
Scores of the Shots Fired articles on the chart

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Week Ending May 1, 2022

SCOTUS Springs a Leak

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Topic of the Week - Advanced Bias Reliability
Article 1: Reason- When Ted Kennedy Was Pro-Life and Ronald Reagan Was Expanding Abortion Access 0.00 39.33
Article 2: Lifesite News- Biden administration won’t stop pro-abortion protests in front of Supreme Court justices’ homes 11.67 38.67
Article 3: 19th News- Justice Samuel Alito argued abortion isn’t an economic issue. Is that true? -10.67 37.67
Article 4: Christian Science Monitor- First draft of history: What overturning Roe could mean for US 0.00 46.00
Article 5: Politico- Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows -4.00 36.67
Article 6: SCOTUSblog- How the leak might have happened 0.67 34.67
Reliability Scores (0-64)  
  • 56+: Original fact reporting; high effort/importance
  • 48-55: Fact reporting
  • 40-47: Complex analysis or mix of fact reporting & analysis
  • 32-39: Analysis
  • 25-31: Opinion/fair persuasion
  • 17-24: Selective or incomplete; unfair persuasion; propaganda
  • 9-16: Contains misleading information
  • 0-8: Contains false information
Bias Scores (-42 to +42) 
based on present-day U.S. politics
  • -42 to -30: Most extreme left
  • -29 to -18: Hyper-partisan left
  • -17 to -6: Skews left
  • -5 to +5: Middle (minimal, balanced, or centrist bias)
  • +6 to +17: Skews right
  • +18 to +29: Hyper-partisan right
  • +30 to +42: Most extreme right
Scores of the SCOTUS Springs a Leak articles on the chart

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Week Ending April 29, 2022

Libs of TikTok

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Topic of the Week - Advanced Bias Reliability
Article 1: Nation of Change- “Libs of TikTok” and the right’s war on public education -18.67 27.00
Article 2: Media Matters for America- Viral Twitter account “Libs of TikTok” calls for all openly LGBTQ teachers to be fired -19.67 27.33
Article 3: Mashable- Libs of TikTok tweeted fake accusations about a school teaching second graders about furries -12.67 38.33
Article 4: Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs- Controversial Owasso teacher ‘is no longer in the classroom’ 15.00 31.67
Article 5: Jonathan Turley- Twitter Suspends LibsofTikTok For Featuring Liberals Talking About Themselves? – JONATHAN TURLEY 14.00 32.67
Article 6: CBC Canada- Libs of TikTok account has resurrected decades-long LGBTQ conspiracies, says writer -12.00 39.67
Reliability Scores (0-64)  
  • 56+: Original fact reporting; high effort/importance
  • 48-55: Fact reporting
  • 40-47: Complex analysis or mix of fact reporting & analysis
  • 32-39: Analysis
  • 25-31: Opinion/fair persuasion
  • 17-24: Selective or incomplete; unfair persuasion; propaganda
  • 9-16: Contains misleading information
  • 0-8: Contains false information
Bias Scores (-42 to +42) 
based on present-day U.S. politics
  • -42 to -30: Most extreme left
  • -29 to -18: Hyper-partisan left
  • -17 to -6: Skews left
  • -5 to +5: Middle (minimal, balanced, or centrist bias)
  • +6 to +17: Skews right
  • +18 to +29: Hyper-partisan right
  • +30 to +42: Most extreme right
Scores of the Libs of TikTok articles on the chart

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Week Ending April 22, 2022

Federal Mask Mandate Ends

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Topic of the Week - Advanced Bias Reliability
Article 1: Washington Times- Biden confuses COVID border policy with the appeal of CDC mask mandate ruling 12.67 32.67
Article 2: Cystic Fibrosis News Today- Turning Problems Into Solutions Requires Energy -8.33 27.67
Article 3: Inc.- Delta's 8-Word Response to the End of the Federal Mask Mandate on Planes Is the Best I've Seen Yet -2.00 38.33
Article 4: Wonkette- Hack Trump Judge Cancel-Cultures Federal Public Transit Mask Mandate -27.00 18.33
Article 5: WebMD- Mask Mandate's End Further Divides Many Travelers and Experts -3.00 41.33
Article 6: The Points Guy- What airlines are saying about the end of the federal mask mandate 0.00 49.00
Reliability Scores (0-64)  
  • 56+: Original fact reporting; high effort/importance
  • 48-55: Fact reporting
  • 40-47: Complex analysis or mix of fact reporting & analysis
  • 32-39: Analysis
  • 25-31: Opinion/fair persuasion
  • 17-24: Selective or incomplete; unfair persuasion; propaganda
  • 9-16: Contains misleading information
  • 0-8: Contains false information
Bias Scores (-42 to +42) 
based on present-day U.S. politics
  • -42 to -30: Most extreme left
  • -29 to -18: Hyper-partisan left
  • -17 to -6: Skews left
  • -5 to +5: Middle (minimal, balanced, or centrist bias)
  • +6 to +17: Skews right
  • +18 to +29: Hyper-partisan right
  • +30 to +42: Most extreme right
Scores of the Federal Mask Mandate Ends articles on the chart

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Week Ending April 15, 2022

RNC Pulls Out of CPD

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Topic of the Week - Advanced Bias Reliability
Article 1: The Hill- GOP votes to withdraw from presidential debate panel 0.00 44.83
Article 2: New York Magazine- Presidential Debates As We Know Them May Be Over -10.33 38.00
Article 3: Texas Standard- GOP withdrawal from Commission on Presidential Debates a ‘watershed’ moment for political discourse 0.20 37.20
Article 4: AZ Central- Presidential debates are flawed but important TV. So why are Republicans afraid of them? -14.17 30.33
Article 5: CNN- Analysis: Donald Trump's fingerprints are all over the RNC debate decision -13.00 31.17
Article 6: Liberty Nation- RNC Pulls the Plug on Presidential Commission Debates 13.33 31.83
Reliability Scores (0-64)  
  • 56+: Original fact reporting; high effort/importance
  • 48-55: Fact reporting
  • 40-47: Complex analysis or mix of fact reporting & analysis
  • 32-39: Analysis
  • 25-31: Opinion/fair persuasion
  • 17-24: Selective or incomplete; unfair persuasion; propaganda
  • 9-16: Contains misleading information
  • 0-8: Contains false information
Bias Scores (-42 to +42) 
based on present-day U.S. politics
  • -42 to -30: Most extreme left
  • -29 to -18: Hyper-partisan left
  • -17 to -6: Skews left
  • -5 to +5: Middle (minimal, balanced, or centrist bias)
  • +6 to +17: Skews right
  • +18 to +29: Hyper-partisan right
  • +30 to +42: Most extreme right
Scores of the RNC Pulls Out of CPD articles on the chart

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Week Ending April 8, 2022

Ginni & Clarence Thomas

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Topic of the Week - Advanced Bias Reliability
Article 1: Politico- Ginni Thomas Is Not A Liar -15.67 35.33
Article 2: Slate- Why the Clarence and Ginni Thomas Scandal Vanished From the News -17.33 31.00
Article 3: CNBC- Inside the consulting firm run by Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas -16.67 44.67
Article 4: Life News- The Leftist Campaign Attacking Justice Clarence Thomas is About Keeping Abortions Legal 17.83 26.50
Article 5: Twitchy- Rep. Ilhan Omar says Clarence Thomas ‘needs to be impeached’ over his wife’s texts 18.17 31.83
Article 6: Daily Beast- Inside Ginni Thomas’ ‘Insane’ Hiring Memos for Trump -16.33 38.00
Reliability Scores (0-64)  
  • 56+: Original fact reporting; high effort/importance
  • 48-55: Fact reporting
  • 40-47: Complex analysis or mix of fact reporting & analysis
  • 32-39: Analysis
  • 25-31: Opinion/fair persuasion
  • 17-24: Selective or incomplete; unfair persuasion; propaganda
  • 9-16: Contains misleading information
  • 0-8: Contains false information
Bias Scores (-42 to +42) 
based on present-day U.S. politics
  • -42 to -30: Most extreme left
  • -29 to -18: Hyper-partisan left
  • -17 to -6: Skews left
  • -5 to +5: Middle (minimal, balanced, or centrist bias)
  • +6 to +17: Skews right
  • +18 to +29: Hyper-partisan right
  • +30 to +42: Most extreme right
Scores of the Ginny & Clarence Thomas articles on the chart

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Week Ending April 1, 2022

Cocaine Parties

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Topic of the Week - Advanced Bias Reliability
Article 1: National File- Kevin McCarthy Tries To Silence Madison Cawthorn For Discussing Political Cocaine Orgy Scene 27.00 23.00
Article 2: MarketWatch- Sen. Thom Tillis endorses Republican challenger to Rep. Madison Cawthorn 0.33 42.33
Article 3: Jezebel- Matt Gaetz Speaks On Madison Cawthorn Coke and Orgies Scandal -15.33 26.33
Article 4: Daily Beast- Madison Cawthorn Committed the One Unforgivable Sin of Politics -5.60 33.80
Article 5: Seattle Times- https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation-politics/rep-madison-cawthorn-admits-lying-about-cocaine-and-orgies-after-tongue-lashing-from-gop-leaders/ -3.33 43.00
Article 6: CNN- Analysis: The *real* reason so many Republicans are mad at Madison Cawthorn -8.67 34.00
Reliability Scores (0-64)  
  • 56+: Original fact reporting; high effort/importance
  • 48-55: Fact reporting
  • 40-47: Complex analysis or mix of fact reporting & analysis
  • 32-39: Analysis
  • 25-31: Opinion/fair persuasion
  • 17-24: Selective or incomplete; unfair persuasion; propaganda
  • 9-16: Contains misleading information
  • 0-8: Contains false information
Bias Scores (-42 to +42) 
based on present-day U.S. politics
  • -42 to -30: Most extreme left
  • -29 to -18: Hyper-partisan left
  • -17 to -6: Skews left
  • -5 to +5: Middle (minimal, balanced, or centrist bias)
  • +6 to +17: Skews right
  • +18 to +29: Hyper-partisan right
  • +30 to +42: Most extreme right
Scores of the Cocaine Parties articles on the chart

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Week Ending March 25, 2022

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

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Topic of the Week - Advanced Bias Reliability
Article 1: Washington Examiner- Josh Hawley emerges as both breakout star and villain in Supreme Court hearings 11.67 37.17
Article 2: Slate- Cory Booker Aside, Democrats Stranded Ketanji Brown Jackson -24.17 28.33
Article 3: USA Today- Marsha Blackburn asked Ketanji Brown Jackson to define 'woman.' Science says there's no simple answer. -14.67 33.00
Article 4: 19th News- What Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s questions this week revealed about the GOP, gender and messaging -16.00 33.67
Article 5: The Nation- Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Long Pause Explained Racism and Sexism in America -23.67 20.67
Article 6: NewsTarget- Sen. Lindsey Graham insists on JAIL TIME, not softer sentences, for internet pedophiles 21.00 14.33
Reliability Scores (0-64)  
  • 56+: Original fact reporting; high effort/importance
  • 48-55: Fact reporting
  • 40-47: Complex analysis or mix of fact reporting & analysis
  • 32-39: Analysis
  • 25-31: Opinion/fair persuasion
  • 17-24: Selective or incomplete; unfair persuasion; propaganda
  • 9-16: Contains misleading information
  • 0-8: Contains false information
Bias Scores (-42 to +42) 
based on present-day U.S. politics
  • -42 to -30: Most extreme left
  • -29 to -18: Hyper-partisan left
  • -17 to -6: Skews left
  • -5 to +5: Middle (minimal, balanced, or centrist bias)
  • +6 to +17: Skews right
  • +18 to +29: Hyper-partisan right
  • +30 to +42: Most extreme right
Scores of the Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson articles on the chart

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Week Ending March 18, 2022

Biolabs in Ukraine

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Topic of the Week - Advanced Bias Reliability
Article 1: Becker News- President Obama Played Key Role in Taking Over Soviet-Era Bioweapons Labs in Ukraine, Unearthed Documents Show 17.50 24.25
Article 2: RT- https://www.rt.com/news/551618-bioweapons-programs-us-ukraine/ 0.00 12.33
Article 3: The New York Times- Theory About U.S.-Funded Bioweapons Labs in Ukraine Is Unfounded -6.33 43.67
Article 4: NBC News- Russian propaganda on Ukraine's non-existent 'biolabs' boosted by U.S. far right -8.00 37.00
Article 5: Fox News- Tucker Carlson: The questions about the biolabs in Ukraine that everyone should be asking 21.33 10.33
Article 6: Daily Kos- Tulsi Gabbard called ‘Russian asset’ after tweeting about 'biolabs' in Ukraine -24.67 20.33
Reliability Scores (0-64)  
  • 56+: Original fact reporting; high effort/importance
  • 48-55: Fact reporting
  • 40-47: Complex analysis or mix of fact reporting & analysis
  • 32-39: Analysis
  • 25-31: Opinion/fair persuasion
  • 17-24: Selective or incomplete; unfair persuasion; propaganda
  • 9-16: Contains misleading information
  • 0-8: Contains false information
Bias Scores (-42 to +42) 
based on present-day U.S. politics
  • -42 to -30: Most extreme left
  • -29 to -18: Hyper-partisan left
  • -17 to -6: Skews left
  • -5 to +5: Middle (minimal, balanced, or centrist bias)
  • +6 to +17: Skews right
  • +18 to +29: Hyper-partisan right
  • +30 to +42: Most extreme right
Topic of the Week, week ending March 18, 2022. Scores on chart.

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Week Ending March 11, 2022

Don’t Say Gay?

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Topic of the Week - Advanced Bias Reliability
Article 1: PopBuzz- Shawn Mendes calls out Florida’s homophobic Don't Say Gay bill -13.67 19.33
Article 2: Democracy Now- Florida Senate Approves Highly Contested “Don’t Say Gay” Bill Despite Widespread Outcry -16.33 21.33
Article 3: Fox News- Psaki calls Florida parental rights bill 'a form of bullying', dodges question on similar Biden 1994 vote 16.00 35.67
Article 4: MSNBC- Disney is (kind of) fighting Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' bill -18.33 32.67
Article 5: CNN- What the bill dubbed 'Don't Say Gay' by critics actually says -20.00 30.00
Reliability Scores (0-64)  
  • 56+: Original fact reporting; high effort/importance
  • 48-55: Fact reporting
  • 40-47: Complex analysis or mix of fact reporting & analysis
  • 32-39: Analysis
  • 25-31: Opinion/fair persuasion
  • 17-24: Selective or incomplete; unfair persuasion; propaganda
  • 9-16: Contains misleading information
  • 0-8: Contains false information
Bias Scores (-42 to +42) 
based on present-day U.S. politics
  • -42 to -30: Most extreme left
  • -29 to -18: Hyper-partisan left
  • -17 to -6: Skews left
  • -5 to +5: Middle (minimal, balanced, or centrist bias)
  • +6 to +17: Skews right
  • +18 to +29: Hyper-partisan right
  • +30 to +42: Most extreme right
Scores on chart image. Topic of the Week for week ending March 11, 2022.

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Week Ending March 4, 2022

Biden’s State of the Union

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Topic of the Week - Advanced Bias Reliability
Article 1: Poynter- The media’s coverage of a surreal State of the Union address -2.67 45.33
Article 2: National Review- State of the Union: Biden Fails to Reboot Presidency 18.00 29.33
Article 3: The Dispatch- Fact Checking the State of the Union 4.67 42.33
Article 4: Jacobin- Biden’s State of the Union Was a Paean to Liberalism’s Complacent Status Quo -23.67 29.00
Article 5: Deadline- Joe Biden’s First State Of The Union Watched By 37M Viewers; Fox News Easily Tops Night Among Cablers & Broadcasters – Update -1.00 47.00
Article 6: The Federalist- We've Got Three More Years Of Biden Making The World More Dangerous 19.17 27.17
Reliability Scores (0-64)  
  • 56+: Original fact reporting; high effort/importance
  • 48-55: Fact reporting
  • 40-47: Complex analysis or mix of fact reporting & analysis
  • 32-39: Analysis
  • 25-31: Opinion/fair persuasion
  • 17-24: Selective or incomplete; unfair persuasion; propaganda
  • 9-16: Contains misleading information
  • 0-8: Contains false information
Bias Scores (-42 to +42) 
based on present-day U.S. politics
  • -42 to -30: Most extreme left
  • -29 to -18: Hyper-partisan left
  • -17 to -6: Skews left
  • -5 to +5: Middle (minimal, balanced, or centrist bias)
  • +6 to +17: Skews right
  • +18 to +29: Hyper-partisan right
  • +30 to +42: Most extreme right
Chart image for topic of the week scores - advanced edition - for week ending March 4, 2022

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Week Ending February 25, 2022

Talking Points: Russia, Ukraine, US

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Topic of the Week - Advanced Bias Reliability
Article 1: Crooks and Liars- Republicans Using Russian Invasion Of Ukraine To Attack The Gay Community -28.00 19.00
Article 2: The Gateway Pundit- BREAKING: Russia Reportedly Offers Ukraine Terms of Surrender 1.67 20.33
Article 3: The New York Times- Many Russians Feel a Deep Unease Over Going to War 0.00 44.67
Article 4: Jezebel- The Russia-Ukraine War Already Has Its Own ‘Imagine’ Video 0.00 29.67
Article 5: Daily Signal- Hawley Calls for US to ‘Shut Down Russia’s Energy Production’ 18.67 31.33
Reliability Scores (0-64)  
  • 56+: Original fact reporting; high effort/importance
  • 48-55: Fact reporting
  • 40-47: Complex analysis or mix of fact reporting & analysis
  • 32-39: Analysis
  • 25-31: Opinion/fair persuasion
  • 17-24: Selective or incomplete; unfair persuasion; propaganda
  • 9-16: Contains misleading information
  • 0-8: Contains false information
Bias Scores (-42 to +42) 
based on present-day U.S. politics
  • -42 to -30: Most extreme left
  • -29 to -18: Hyper-partisan left
  • -17 to -6: Skews left
  • -5 to +5: Middle (minimal, balanced, or centrist bias)
  • +6 to +17: Skews right
  • +18 to +29: Hyper-partisan right
  • +30 to +42: Most extreme right

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Week Ending February 18, 2022

Free Crack Pipes?

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Topic of the Week - Advanced Bias Reliability
Article 1: City Journal- San Francisco's Harm-Reduction Policies a Nightmare 7.67 33.67
Article 2: Brookings Institution- Fighting fraud, waste, and abuse—COVID-19 pandemic relief expenditures 0.00 48.67
Article 3: Newport Buzz- Biden administration funds program that would provide free crack pipes 15.67 23.33
Article 4: Philadelphia Inquirer- "Crack pipe" misinformation uproar could stymie efforts to reduce drug deaths, harm reductionists fear -12.00 36.67
Article 5: The Nation- What We Can Learn From Harm Reduction’s Defeats -16.67 37.33
Article 6: The Washington Free Beacon- The Weird Ideas and Shoddy Science Behind Free Government Crack Pipes 15.33 31.33
Reliability Scores (0-64)  
  • 56+: Original fact reporting; high effort/importance
  • 48-55: Fact reporting
  • 40-47: Complex analysis or mix of fact reporting & analysis
  • 32-39: Analysis
  • 25-31: Opinion/fair persuasion
  • 17-24: Selective or incomplete; unfair persuasion; propaganda
  • 9-16: Contains misleading information
  • 0-8: Contains false information
Bias Scores (-42 to +42) 
based on present-day U.S. politics
  • -42 to -30: Most extreme left
  • -29 to -18: Hyper-partisan left
  • -17 to -6: Skews left
  • -5 to +5: Middle (minimal, balanced, or centrist bias)
  • +6 to +17: Skews right
  • +18 to +29: Hyper-partisan right
  • +30 to +42: Most extreme right
Topic of the Week Chart Image for Week Ending February 18, 2022

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Week Ending February 11, 2022

Eileen Gu

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Topic of the Week - Advanced Bias Reliability
Article 1: Spectator World- The twisted love affair with Eileen Gu 19.33 17.33
Article 2: Slate- Eileen Gu Olympics Jerk Watch: Is the Chinese American skier a jerk? 0.33 27.00
Article 3: Sports Illustrated- Eileen Gu’s Olympic Gold for China Thrust Her Citizenship Status Into the Spotlight 2.67 25.00
Article 4: National File- American-Born Traitor Wins Gold Medal for Communist China at 'Genocide Game' Olympics 23.00 13.33
Article 5: iNews - UK- Winter Olympics: Stop blaming Eileen Gu for China’s evils. No one asks Kirsty Muir about the Windrush scandal -3.00 32.33
Article 6: Axios- Olympian Eileen Gu: A tale of two nations 0.00 43.33
Reliability Scores (0-64)  
  • 56+: Original fact reporting; high effort/importance
  • 48-55: Fact reporting
  • 40-47: Complex analysis or mix of fact reporting & analysis
  • 32-39: Analysis
  • 25-31: Opinion/fair persuasion
  • 17-24: Selective or incomplete; unfair persuasion; propaganda
  • 9-16: Contains misleading information
  • 0-8: Contains false information
Bias Scores (-42 to +42) 
based on present-day U.S. politics
  • -42 to -30: Most extreme left
  • -29 to -18: Hyper-partisan left
  • -17 to -6: Skews left
  • -5 to +5: Middle (minimal, balanced, or centrist bias)
  • +6 to +17: Skews right
  • +18 to +29: Hyper-partisan right
  • +30 to +42: Most extreme right
Score Chart for Topic of the Week ending Feb 11, 2022

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Week Ending February 4, 2022

Whoopi Goldberg’s Comments on the Holocaust

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Topic of the Week - Advanced Bias Reliability
Article 1: Jerusalem Post- https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/article-695351 -0.67 43.33
Article 2: Evolution News- Whoopi Goldberg: Ignorant about Darwinian Racism 6.33 27.67
Article 3: National Review- Whoopi Goldberg Apologizes for Claiming Holocaust Was ‘Not about Race’ 2.00 44.67
Article 4: Showbiz Cheat Sheet- Whoopi Goldberg From ‘The View’ Is ‘Amazingly Talented’, Sally Jessy Raphael Says – but Shades Drew Barrymore and Kelly Clarkson -2.00 28.67
Article 5: New York Post- Drop the Goldberg name you co-opted, Whoopi — you don’t deserve it 1.67 7.67
Article 6: Gawker- ‘Maus,’ Whoopi Goldberg, and the Fracturing of History -8.67 37.67
Reliability Scores (0-64)  
  • 56+: Original fact reporting; high effort/importance
  • 48-55: Fact reporting
  • 40-47: Complex analysis or mix of fact reporting & analysis
  • 32-39: Analysis
  • 25-31: Opinion/fair persuasion
  • 17-24: Selective or incomplete; unfair persuasion; propaganda
  • 9-16: Contains misleading information
  • 0-8: Contains false information
Bias Scores (-42 to +42) 
based on present-day U.S. politics
  • -42 to -30: Most extreme left
  • -29 to -18: Hyper-partisan left
  • -17 to -6: Skews left
  • -5 to +5: Middle (minimal, balanced, or centrist bias)
  • +6 to +17: Skews right
  • +18 to +29: Hyper-partisan right
  • +30 to +42: Most extreme right

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Week Ending January 28, 2022

Ukraine Objectives
Topic of the Week - Advanced Bias Reliability
Article 1: The Guardian- Putin, a ‘rogue male’ on the rampage, threatens to start a war no one wants | Simon Tisdall -3.00 24.00
Article 2: America Magazine- Just war theory and Ukraine: Why military action against Russia is justifiable 2.00 41.00
Article 3: The American Conservative- Mr. President, Stay Out of Ukraine 16.33 27.00
Article 4: Associated Press- Austin says Putin now has full range of options in Ukraine 0.00 47.33
Article 5: The Atlantic- The Battle for the Future of the West -1.60 36.40
Article 6: The Washington Free Beacon- Putin Can’t Be Appeased 13.00 28.67
Article 7: Strategic Culture Foundation- Cracks Open Up in America’s Fragile Leadership Over Ukraine Crisis 27.33 14.33
Reliability Scores (0-64)  
  • 56+: Original fact reporting; high effort/importance
  • 48-55: Fact reporting
  • 40-47: Complex analysis or mix of fact reporting & analysis
  • 32-39: Analysis
  • 25-31: Opinion/fair persuasion
  • 17-24: Selective or incomplete; unfair persuasion; propaganda
  • 9-16: Contains misleading information
  • 0-8: Contains false information
Bias Scores (-42 to +42) 
based on present-day U.S. politics
  • -42 to -30: Most extreme left
  • -29 to -18: Hyper-partisan left
  • -17 to -6: Skews left
  • -5 to +5: Middle (minimal, balanced, or centrist bias)
  • +6 to +17: Skews right
  • +18 to +29: Hyper-partisan right
  • +30 to +42: Most extreme right

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Week Ending January 21, 2022

Topic of the Week - Advanced Bias Reliability
Article 1: The Nation- Biden Asks the Best Question: “What Are Republicans For?” -24.00 25.67
Article 2: New York Post- Biden’s press conference was an utter disaster 24.33 9.00
Article 3: New Republic- Biden Finally Lets Loose, in All His Messy Glory -15.00 35.00
Article 4: The Federalist- Biden Is Ready To Help You Understand How Great Things Are 23.00 23.67
Article 5: People Magazine- President Biden Talks Gas Prices, Empty Shelves, School Closures and More in Marathon Press Conference -3.00 47.00
Article 6: CNN- Biden's "I don't believe polls" is the worst answer from his press conference -24.00 20.67
Reliability Scores (0-64)  
  • 56+: Original fact reporting; high effort/importance
  • 48-55: Fact reporting
  • 40-47: Complex analysis or mix of fact reporting & analysis
  • 32-39: Analysis
  • 25-31: Opinion/fair persuasion
  • 17-24: Selective or incomplete; unfair persuasion; propaganda
  • 9-16: Contains misleading information
  • 0-8: Contains false information
Bias Scores (-42 to +42) 
based on present-day U.S. politics
  • -42 to -30: Most extreme left
  • -29 to -18: Hyper-partisan left
  • -17 to -6: Skews left
  • -5 to +5: Middle (minimal, balanced, or centrist bias)
  • +6 to +17: Skews right
  • +18 to +29: Hyper-partisan right
  • +30 to +42: Most extreme right
Biden’s Press Conference

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Week Ending January 14, 2022

Supreme Court Vaccine Mandate Decision
Topic of the Week - Advanced Bias Reliability
Article 1: The Blaze- White House chief of staff's tweet cited by Supreme Court ruling to slap down Biden's vaccine mandate 16.00 30.33
Article 2: University of Michigan News- Vaccine mandate will likely have little impact on health care worker staffing shortage 0.00 36.33
Article 3: MarketWatch- ‘We will not beat this pandemic until we stop the spread of the virus at work’: Backlash against Supreme Court’s decision to block Biden’s vaccine mandate -6.67 41.00
Article 4: Daily Signal- Business Leaders Rejoice as Supreme Court Blocks Vaccine Mandate 9.00 36.33
Article 5: Daily Kos- The Supreme Court's ruling against vaccine mandates is much, much worse than it seems -17.14 27.57
Article 6: Kaiser Health News- Justices Block Broad Worker Vaccine Requirement, Allow Health Worker Mandate to Proceed -5.75 45.75
Reliability Scores (0-64)  
  • 56+: Original fact reporting; high effort/importance
  • 48-55: Fact reporting
  • 40-47: Complex analysis or mix of fact reporting & analysis
  • 32-39: Analysis
  • 25-31: Opinion/fair persuasion
  • 17-24: Selective or incomplete; unfair persuasion; propaganda
  • 9-16: Contains misleading information
  • 0-8: Contains false information
Bias Scores (-42 to +42) 
based on present-day U.S. politics
  • -42 to -30: Most extreme left
  • -29 to -18: Hyper-partisan left
  • -17 to -6: Skews left
  • -5 to +5: Middle (minimal, balanced, or centrist bias)
  • +6 to +17: Skews right
  • +18 to +29: Hyper-partisan right
  • +30 to +42: Most extreme right

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Week Ending January 7, 2022

Chicago Public Schools Reopening