Truthout Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Hyper-Partisan Left

Reliability: Mixed Reliability/Opinion OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates Truthout in the Hyper-Partisan Left category of bias and as Mixed Reliability/Opinion OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. Truthout is a nonprofit news organization that focuses on social justice issues. It lists its principles as “accuracy, transparency, and independence from the influence of corporate and political forces.” Launched in 2001, it is headquartered in Sacramento, California.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 28.82

Bias: -20.50

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
Chicago Mayoral Candidate Vallas Destabilized Majority-Black Schools Across US -12.67 36
Is a Livable Future Still Possible? -30.33 21.67
Filings Reveal Amazon Spent Over $14 Million to Bust Union in 2022 Alone -12.33 32
Trans Organizers Forced to Cancel DC Protest Following Violent Far Right Threats -19.67 21.33
The GOP Has Preemptively Declared Trump Innocent Without Hearing Evidence -17 24
Democrats Push to Remove Boebert From Committees After Islamophobic Comments -18.67 38.33
With Omicron in US, GOP Hard-Liners Are Still Trying to Thwart Vaccine Mandates -22.67 29.33
January 6 Commission Votes to Forward Contempt Charges for Trump DOJ Official -19 39
Ocasio-Cortez Flames Supreme Court for Allowing Kavanaugh to Rule on Abortion -24 27.67
Abolitionists Are Fighting Against the Surveillance State in Their Neighborhoods -24 29.33
Investigating Trump Is “Absolutely” a Possibility, Says Jan 6 Commission Chair -13.67 39.67
Trump Org CFO Weisselberg, Facing Tax Evasion Crimes, Surrenders to Authorities -6.33 42.5
Biden’s “Bipartisanship” Has Let Manchin Take the Infrastructure Bill Hostage -20 30.33
Trump Charged the Secret Service More Than $40,000 “Rent” Since Leaving Office -14.33 33
Homeland Security Tells ICE to Cut Ties With Jail That Sicced Dogs on Migrants -12 39
GOP Wants Volunteering at the Polls to Come With Risk of Jail Time or Huge Fines -13 37
COVID “Vaccine Billionaires” Strike It Rich as Poor Nations Struggle for Access -13.33 42.33
Progressives Can’t Ignore Role of Christian Zionism in Colonization of Palestine -23 26.25
Biden Picks Warren Ally to Oversee Student Aid, Signaling Shift on Student Debt -10 44.67
Amazon’s Anti-Union Bullying Shows Why We Need the PRO Act -13.33 40.33
White House Officially Endorses “Long Overdue” DC Statehood -14.33 39.67
Twitter Forces Ann Coulter to Delete Tweet Praising Kyle Rittenhouse -24 34
GOP Proposes Letting Fossil Fuel Firms Sue Sick Workers Seeking Compensation -15.83 35
“Israeli Settlers Make a Living Out of Our Suffering,” Says Palestinian Activist -17 27.67
BLM Activist Cori Bush Ousts Incumbent Democrat in Missouri Primary Election -13.67 43.33


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