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: 41.15

Bias: -4.26

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 43.33
Woody Allen attends Venice Film Festival with wife Soon-Yi Previn amid controversial reception -0.67 41
U.S. Embassy urges Americans to leave Haiti 'as soon as possible' 0 46.33
PCE inflation report: Key measure ticks higher in July. What will the Fed do? 0 45.67
Why Deion Sanders' Colorado Buffaloes team could surprise the nation (or not) 0 43.33
At least 73 people dead after fire engulfs building occupied by the homeless in Johannesburg 0 44.33
16-year-old girl stabbed to death during dispute over McDonald's sauce: Reports 0 41.67
California sues school district over policy requiring parents be notified of gender identity changes -6.67 42.67
Coco Gauff comes back to win at US Open after arguing that her foe was too slow between points 0 42.67
Powerball jackpot reaches $291 million ahead of Monday's drawing. See winning numbers for Aug. 21. 0 41
PGA Tour Championship: TV channel, live stream, tee times for FedEx Cup tournament 0 42.33
Turtle Salmonella outbreak? CDC warns the pets may be responsible as 11 states report cases 0 45.67
Tulsa schools leader resigns as GOP superintendent threatens takeover, loss of accreditation -3.33 41.67
From Rudy Giuliani to Jenna Ellis: Here are Donald Trump's allies who have surrendered in Georgia 0 44.67
'Rapid intensification': How Idalia could quickly become a major hurricane before landfall -2.33 44.83
3 dead, 6 injured in mass shooting at Southern California biker bar, authorities say -2.33 43.33
Mark Meadows seeks to delay surrender, asks federal court to block his Georgia arrest 0 44
Publix-style dog bans make it safer for service dogs and people who need them, advocates say 0 46
Spanish soccer federation president apologizes for kissing star Jennifer Hermoso on lips 0 43
Why isn't Putin at BRICS summit in South Africa? He could be arrested: Aug. 22 recap -3 43.33
China, Russia send warships near Alaska; US responds with Navy destroyers 2.33 40.33
'Bachelor' stars Kaitlyn Bristowe, Jason Tartick end their engagement: 'It's heartbreaking' 0 39.33
Pink shows love for Britney Spears with 'sweet' lyric change amid divorce from Sam Asghari 0 40.33
Arkansas schools will teach AP African American Studies despite state's objections -3.67 43

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