USA Today Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


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 the flagship of the USA Today Network, a national digital media organization with headquarters in McLean, Virginia, and digital properties in 45 states. Part of Gannett Co., Inc., USA Today Network has won 96 Pulitzer Prizes and many other journalism accolades.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 41.27

Bias: -3.64

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 0 45.33 -3 39.33 0 42.33 0 45 0 44.67 0 46 0 39.33 0 44.67
Trump received millions of dollars from foreign governments while president, House Democrats allege -3 42.33
Curry scores 36 points to lead the Warriors past the Magic 121-115 0 41
Reinhart, Tkachuk score late; Florida Panthers win fifth straight 4-1 over the Arizona Coyotes 0 43 0 44.33
Elias Pettersson and Pius Suter power the Vancouver Canucks past the Ottawa Senators 6-3 0 40.67 0 43.33 0 40 0 39.33 0 44.33 0 43 -1.33 42.33 0 40.33 0 40.33 0 44 0 43 0 40.67
Nick Nurse goes into detail of why Sixers fell to Bulls at home 0 42

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