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: 41.29

Bias: -5.04

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
Southwest announces a $49 fare sale as airline recovers from its holiday meltdown 0 44.33
Damar Hamlin update: What we know about Buffalo Bills player's status after cardiac arrest 0 45
Americans' life expectancy continues to fall, erasing health gains of the last quarter century 0 46
Winter storm whips up blizzard conditions, plunging temperatures across US: Live updates 0 48
Fortnite FTC settlement claim results in $520 million fine. Here's how to get your refund 0 44.67
Jan. 6 committee to vote on asking DOJ to charge Trump with crimes related to Capitol riot: reports -8.67 45
Florida's scientist was fired for refusing to 'manipulate' COVID-19 data -16 7.33
Kremlin acknowledges new draftees ill-equipped for combat; Russia practices 'massive nuclear strike': Ukraine live updates 0 47
Fact check: Viral image is digital art, not a picture of Hurricane Ian 0 46
'I'm seeing homes in the ocean': Fiona makes devastating landfall in Atlantic Canada 0 47.33
Iran cracks down on protests after Mahsa Amini's death in 'morality police' custody 0 48.67
'Triple-dip' La Niña is on the way. Here's what it means for weather in the US. -5 44.67
Rolling blackouts called off amid 'extraordinary heat event' in California -1.33 46.67
Fact check: Social media post shows fabricated story about Biden and the economy 0 49.33
Now that al-Qaida leader al-Zawahri is dead, the questions begin. Here are some of the biggest ones. 0 47.67
Two former White House aides say top Secret Service official defending Trump on Jan. 6 has history of lying -2 45.67
'Don't let them take your freedom': California Gov. Gavin Newsom urges Floridians to ditch state -2.33 44.67
Formula shortage reveals GOP’s compassion for American babies, anger over nourished immigrant ones -21 25.67
Marsha Blackburn asked Ketanji Brown Jackson to define 'woman.' Science says there's no simple answer. -14.67 33
Twitter is buzzing about 'parasocial relationships.' Are they unhealthy? 0 44.33
Why are gas prices rising so quickly? And how high are they expected to get? 0 45
Shopping with robots: Automation will soon spark a revolution in our retail experience 0 37.67
Ukraine live updates: Cease-fire in 2 Ukraine areas, Zelenskyy defiant -2 45
Soccer star Katie Meyer felt 'stress to be perfect' before death. Many student-athletes relate -1.33 45.33
Those COVID tests the government sent you might not work. Cold weather could be to blame. 0 47

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