“Tucker Carlson Tonight” Bias and Reliability Overview

Ad Fontes Media rates “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in the hyper-partisan right category of bias and as unreliable, problematic in terms of reliability. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” is a cable TV program that airs weeknights on Fox News Channel. The show is described as “the sworn enemy of lying, pomposity, smugness and group think.” Carlson, a political commentator, previously worked for The Weekly Standard and was a commentator on CNN and co-host of “Crossfire” from 2000 to 2005. From 2004-2005, he hosted “Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered” on PBS and hosted the nightly program “Tucker” on MSNBC from 2005 to 2008. Carlson founded The Daily Caller, a political news website, in 2010 and co-owned it until 2020. He was a co-host of FOX & Friends Weekend before debuting “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in 2016. He also launched a weekly podcast, “Tucker Carlson Originals,” and an interview program, “Tucker Carlson Today,” with Fox Nation in 2021. He is the author of two books.

Overall score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 22.37

Bias: 23.00

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media – one conservative, one liberal, and one moderate – regularly reviews representative sample content to rate it in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

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 sliding 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 sliding 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 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.

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 the most neutral and/or balanced.

This page was last revised Aug. 9, 2021. For the latest data, including all sources, as well as sample content considered, please consult our Interactive Media Bias Chart®️.