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: 41.39

Bias: -4.62

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
Ivy League isn't everything. Here's what we get wrong about getting a good education. 0 34.67
Marjorie Taylor Greene faces criticism after saying a stepmother is 'not a mother' -6.33 41.67
How laws are written by corporations and interest groups, explained visually 0 46
Meet the SpaceX Starship: It's larger and more powerful than Artemis SLS. But will it fly? 0 42.67
Marjorie Taylor Greene silenced by committee after calling DHS Secretary Mayorkas 'a liar' 0 40
Third person charged with murder in mass shooting at Alabama Sweet 16 party 0 44
McCarthy, GOP debt limit plan proposes $4.5 trillion in cuts, eliminates student loan forgiveness -2.67 40
Man killed in hit-and-run wreck while at roadside memorial for friend killed in hit and run 0 43.67
Photos show waterlogged Fort Lauderdale airport, flooded Florida streets amid huge rain storm 1 44
Fed hikes interest rate 0.25 point to curb inflation despite banking turmoil 0 43.33
What does TikTok do with your data? CEO Shou Zi Chew pressed for answers in tense hearing: What you missed 0 43.67
Parents of gunman to stand trial in Oxford school shooting, Michigan appeals court orders -1.33 40.33
Bouncers 'saved dozens of lives' after man in devil masks tries enter strip club holding gun 0 41.67
China's Xi visits 'friendly neighbor' in Moscow; Russia cites 'monstrous consequences' of Putin arrest warrant: Ukraine updates 0 43.67
'Egregious violation': Hunter Biden sues computer repairman who gave laptop data to Trump allies 0 41.67
Silicon Valley Bank, Signature Bank collapses explained, live updates on new developments 0 43
March Madness 2023 updates: Selection Sunday brackets, conference tournaments results 0 35.67
Takeaways from Biden's $6.9 trillion budget proposal: Tax the rich. Cut the deficit. Take on the GOP. -8.67 39
Fact check: ICD-10 medical codes are used to track trends, not individuals 1.33 41
Giant flying bug found on side of Walmart turns out to be 'super-rare' Jurassic-era insect 0 44.33
Putin issues alert after drone strikes 60 miles from Moscow; Russian death toll surpasses all wars since WWII: Ukraine updates -1.67 44.33
Energy Department finds COVID-19 most likely emerged from lab leak, reports say: What we know 0 43
More harsh weather expected after Southern California rocked by historic snow, rain; : Updates 0 42.33
Winter storm brings rare blizzard in California; hundreds of thousands without power in Michigan: Weather updates 0 45
Super Bowl 57 final score: Chiefs top Eagles 38-35 thanks to late-game magic from Mahomes 0 33.33

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