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: 30.56

Bias: -19.44

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
This Weekend’s DC Protest Was Largest Pro-Palestine Mobilization in US History -22.67 30.33
Biden Wants Arms Deals With Israel to Be Done in Complete Secrecy -20.33 27.67
Schultz Broke Law When He Threatened Pro-Union Starbucks Worker, Judge Rules -9.33 41.33
Amazon Alexa Devices Wrongly Told Users the 2020 Election Was “Stolen” -6 40.33
An Unexpected Candidate to Replace Kevin McCarthy Emerges. It’s Kevin McCarthy. -8.67 42
Alabama Destroyed $16K Worth of Materials for Teachers Over “Woke” Content -7.67 44.33
Trying to Subdue Nature Is a Fool’s Errand When Planning for Climate Adaptation -18 35
Layoffs at West Virginia University Expose Right-Wing Trends Sweeping Higher Ed -21.67 28.33
Federal Judge Refuses to Lift Restrictions on Trans Adult Care in Florida -7 43
Despite 116,000 Signatures, Atlanta Won’t Validate Stop Cop City Petition -6.33 39.67
I Spent 14 Years in Gitmo. Let’s Remember the Victims of the US “War on Terror.” -10.67 30.67
Amazon Quelled Workers’ Rights by Forcing Employees Into NDAs, Complaint Alleges -4 42.67
Hundreds of US Hospitals Sue Patients or Threaten Their Credit -2.33 55
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