Variety Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

Ad Fontes Media rates Variety in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Variety is a weekly print magazine and website that focuses on coverage of the entertainment business, including film, TV, tech and music. Variety was founded in 1905 in New York and is owned by the Penske Media Corporation. Variety also presents entertainment news via podcasts, videos and events.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 41.42

Bias: -4.05

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
Britney Spears Working With Dream Team of Hollywood Lawyers in Divorce From Husband Sam Asghari 0 41.33
Bruce Springsteen Is Ill, Postpones Two Tour Dates 0 43
‘The Blind Side’ Author Says Michael Oher Declined Royalty Checks, Defends Tuohy Family: ‘They Showered Him With Resources and Love’ 0 38
WGA Response to Studios Indicates No Quick End to Strike 0 41.33
Raquel Leviss Appears to Have Quit ‘Vanderpump Rules,’ Won’t Face #Scandoval Fallout in Season 11 0 37.33
‘Barbie’ Surpasses ‘The Dark Knight’ as Warner Bros.’ Highest-Grossing Domestic Release in History 0 42.33
CNN Overhauls Schedule, Setting Abby Phillip, Laura Coates in Evenings -1 42
‘Maestro’ First Trailer: Bradley Cooper Transforms Into Leonard Bernstein in His ‘A Star Is Born’ Directorial Follow-Up 0 41.33
Disney+ Hotstar Sets Syria Thriller ‘The Freelancer’ (EXCLUSIVE) 0 40.67
Taylor Swift Announces Additional Eras Tour Dates for U.S. and Canada in Fall 2024 0 40.33
Lionsgate Closes Deal to Acquire eOne From Hasbro for $500 Million 0 41.67
Box Office: Tom Cruise’s ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One’ Earns $23.8 Million in First Two Days 0 41.33
Fran Drescher Slams Bob Iger’s ‘Repugnant’ and ‘Tone Deaf’ Strike Comments: If I Were Disney, ‘I Would Lock Him Behind Doors’ -3.67 42
SAG-AFTRA Strike FAQ: How the Rules Apply to Influencers, Journalists, Cosplayers and More -0.67 41.33
SAG-AFTRA Strike Begins in New York and L.A. With Celebrities, Signs and Chants: ‘Logan Roy Would Pay Us More’ -7.33 45
Elon Musk’s Twitter Threatens to Sue Meta Over Threads, Alleging Meta Hired ‘Dozens’ of Twitter Employees to Launch Copycat App; Meta Disputes Claim 0 44.33
‘Wheel of Fortune’: Ryan Seacrest Takes Over as Host After Pat Sajak Retires 0 42.67
Smosh Co-Founders Anthony Padilla, Ian Hecox Reunite to Acquire Comedy Brand From Rhett & Link (EXCLUSIVE) 0 42
Ed Sheeran Trial Goes Into Deliberations After Judge Tells Jury: ‘Independent Creation Is a Complete Defense’ 0 44
‘The White Lotus’ Season 3 Will Be Set in Thailand (EXCLUSIVE) 0 39.67
Nathan Lane: Robin Williams ‘Protected Me’ From Coming Out as Gay on ‘Oprah’ in 1996 Because ‘He Was a Saint’ 0 41.33
Chanel West Coast Leaving 'Ridiculousness' After 30 Seasons on MTV Show 0 40.67
Country Singers Call Out Politicians After Nashville School Shooting: ‘F— the NRA’ -6.67 36.33
Kieran Culkin Says Jeremy Strong’s Acting Process Was Not Affected by ‘Succession’ Cast Criticisms: ‘We’re Professionals’ 0 42
‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ Dominates Oscars With Seven Wins, Including Best Picture (Full Winners List) -0.67 41.67

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