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: 41.48

Bias: -5.41

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
‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ Dominates Oscars With Seven Wins, Including Best Picture (Full Winners List) -0.67 41.67
Oscars 2023 Red Carpet Arrivals (Photos) 0 36.33
‘Star Wars’ Shakeup: Kevin Feige and Patty Jenkins Movies Shelved, Taika Waititi Looking to Star in His Own Film (EXCLUSIVE) 0 40.67
Liam Neeson Rejected James Bond Because of His Wife’s Ultimatum: ‘If You Play 007, We’re Not Getting Married’ 0.33 39.67
Keanu Reeves Says Deepfakes Are ‘Scary,’ Confirms His Film Contracts Ban Digital Edits to His Acting: ‘They Added a Tear to My Face! Huh?’ 0 40.67
‘This Could Be a Career Ender’: Elizabeth Banks Risks It All for the Gory, R-Rated ‘Cocaine Bear’ -1.33 34.33
Grammy Winners 2023: Full List 0 44.33
Kris Jenner Tearfully Testifies at Blac Chyna’s Trial, Says She Did Not Have ‘Influence’ to Cancel Show 0 39.33
‘American Idol’ Finalist Caleb Kennedy Leaves Show in Wake of Racist Social Media Post 0 41
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to Induct Jay-Z, Carole King, Go-Go’s, Tina Turner, Todd Rundgren and Foo Fighters 0 48.67
‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals the Identity of the Russian Dolls: Here’s the Band Under the Masks 0 42
Ellen DeGeneres Says Negative Press Cycle Was ‘Orchestrated’ and ‘Misogynistic’ in First Interview After Announcing Show’s End -5.33 42.33
‘Friends’ Reunion Special at HBO Max to Premiere in May, Drops First Teaser 0 45
The MAGA Riot in Washington Was the Natural Culmination of Donald Trump’s Influence — And, Just Maybe, Its Swan Song -19.17 34
Twitter Updates Label on Trump’s Tweets After Electoral College Certifies Biden Presidency -5.67 44.33
Jim Carrey Resigns From Joe Biden Duties at ‘Saturday Night Live’ -1.5 42.83
Jeremih in ‘Critical Condition’ in the ICU, Agent Says 0 43.33
Gordon Ramsay Donated $50,000 to Late ‘MasterChef Junior’ Star Ben Watkins’ Cancer Treatment 0 45.67
‘Wipeout’ Contestant Dies After Completing Game-Show Obstacle Course 0 45.33
‘The Crown’: Emma Corrin on Princess Diana’s Bulimia, Hugging the Queen and Handing Off to Elizabeth Debicki 0 40.67
How HBO Max Became ‘Wonder Woman 1984’s’ Best Option 0 43.33
Sia Engages in Fiery Twitter Debate With Disability Activists Over Autism-Themed Film -0.67 45
Twitter Will Transfer POTUS Account to Biden in January -0.67 49.67
NBC Cuts Trump Victory Speech as TV News Grapples With Big Election Issues Overnight -6 47
Pete Buttigieg Talks Importance of Accepting 2020 Election Results in Fox News Interview -6.33 45.33

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