USA Today Bias and Reliability Overview

USA Today is an international media organization with headquarters in McLean, Virginia, and Geneva, Switzerland. The flagship of Gannett Co., Inc., the USA Today print edition reaches more than 700,000 worldwide, with more than half a million digital subscribers. USA Today has won 93 Pultizer Prizes and many other journalism accolades. Ad Fontes Media rates USA Today in the middle 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 USA Today’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 45.78

Bias: -3.88

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
Biden's Afghanistan horror: A well-intentioned miscalculation with disastrous, predictable results2.3337.67
Why did Simone Biles withdraw at Olympics? Here's what we know as she will return for one event-0.6745.33
'What can you do?' He was in Paris. His wife was 4,500 miles away in a Surfside, Florida, condo that had started to collapse.042.67
Charges against Trump Organization expected as soon as next week, Trump attorney says0.6747.33
'We have a deal': Biden reaches $1.2 trillion infrastructure compromise with bipartisan group of senators-3.3346
Missouri is newest US hot spot because of variant, vaccine hesitancy: Latest COVID-19 updates-1.3347
Supreme Court sides with cheerleader who wrote profane social media post slamming her school047.33
Bug infestations, tent-lined streets: California's homelessness crisis is at a tipping point. Will a $12B plan put a dent in it?-0.6747.33
Juneteenth, symbolic end of America's original sin of slavery, complements Independence Day-438.33
Biden offers to keep 2017 Trump tax cuts intact in infrastructure counteroffer to GOP-2.6747
Cease-fire in Gaza: What we know about the Israel, Hamas agreement047
Israel is the Jewish people's ancient home. We will always defend ourselves from Hamas.-240
Fact check: Minnesota police association covering Chauvin's defense, not Trump-245
Derek Chauvin's conviction is progress, but it 'will do nothing to change' urban policing on its own-7.6742
Maxine Waters tells Jim Jordan 'shut your mouth' during congressional hearing with Fauci-3.6744
Virginia cops pepper-sprayed Black and Latino Army officer who had hands raised during traffic stop, video shows-347.33
George Floyd's addiction could change how we talk about drug use and Black Americans-546.33
Is Donald Trump a declining parody or a terrifying threat? Mastio & Lawrence on CPAC 2021-11.3332.33
Fact check: National Guard members remained armed during inauguration-0.6748
'This is America's day': Biden inaugurated as 46th president, Harris sworn in as vice president-3.3349.67
'No regrets': Evangelicals and other faith leaders still support Trump after deadly US Capitol attack-348
Invoke the 25th Amendment: Donald Trump forfeited his moral authority to stay in office-636.33
'A colossal failure': How were pro-Trump rioters able to breach Capitol security?-4.3340
Democrats are now unlikely to win a majority in the Senate: Here's where things stand0.1750.17
Debate, shoutout to Proud Boys, sets stage for more dangerous policing-1831