Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Ad Fontes Media rates USA Today in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. 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.

Overall Score

The following are USA Today’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 45.67

Bias: -3.75

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 URLBiasReliability
Two dead. One injured. Will Rittenhouse be convicted?-2.6740.33
Kyle Rittenhouse jury will consider some lesser charges in Wisconsin shootings. Here's what that means.045
Fact check: Incumbent Democrat won New Jersey gubernatorial race, not Republican opponent-0.6746.33
Supply chain issues: What are they and how will shortages impact the holiday shopping season?-1.3347
Fact check: What's true about the Capitol riot, from antifa to BLM to Chuck Norris040
Live updates: Horse patrols temporarily suspended at Haitian migrant camp in Del Rio, Texas-346.67
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