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

Reliability: 45.14

Bias: -5.02

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
Now that al-Qaida leader al-Zawahri is dead, the questions begin. Here are some of the biggest ones.047.67
Two former White House aides say top Secret Service official defending Trump on Jan. 6 has history of lying-245.67
'Don't let them take your freedom': California Gov. Gavin Newsom urges Floridians to ditch state-2.3344.67
Formula shortage reveals GOP’s compassion for American babies, anger over nourished immigrant ones-2125.67
Marsha Blackburn asked Ketanji Brown Jackson to define 'woman.' Science says there's no simple answer.-14.6733
Twitter is buzzing about 'parasocial relationships.' Are they unhealthy?044.33
Why are gas prices rising so quickly? And how high are they expected to get?045
Shopping with robots: Automation will soon spark a revolution in our retail experience037.67
Ukraine live updates: Cease-fire in 2 Ukraine areas, Zelenskyy defiant-245
Soccer star Katie Meyer felt 'stress to be perfect' before death. Many student-athletes relate-1.3345.33
Those COVID tests the government sent you might not work. Cold weather could be to blame.047
Lawmakers seek investigation into Cal State chancellor's handling of sexual harassment046.67
In blunt rebuke, Pence says Trump was 'wrong' to claim vice president could have overturned 2020 election-646.67
US surpasses 900,000 COVID deaths; 'Stealth omicron' slightly more infectious: COVID updates047.67
A boy fell 100 feet down a well days ago. The world is watching, hoping to #SaveRayan047.67
More than 3,500 US flights canceled Saturday as winter storm hits the East Coast049
Novak Djokovic celebrated in Montenegro as doubts emerge over positive COVID test044
2022 Winter Olympics: Free condoms available, but hugs and handshakes are to be avoided043.67
US embassy in Ukraine sends home staff's families, cites 'increased threats of Russian military action': Here's what we know-5.3348.67
FBI searches Center for COVID Control headquarters amid investigations into multi-million dollar testing business047.33
Opinion: Aaron Rodgers 'silenced' from Super Bowl platform, and we can thank Robbie Gould for that-13.6727.67
At least 4 killed after shooters opened fire at house party near Los Angeles, authorities say048
Hundreds evacuated, stretch of Pacific Coast Highway closed as wildfire rages near Big Sur048
Fact check: Shortages due to rising demand, supply chain disruptions-3.6741.33
The 49th anniversary for Roe V. Wade could be its last unless you take action-12.6736.33