Variety Bias and Reliability Overview

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. Now based in Los Angeles, the website records approximately 24.1 million visits per month. Variety also presents entertainment news via podcasts, videos and events. Ad Fontes Media rates Variety in the skews left category of bias and as most reliable in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral 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.

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

Reliability: 41.74

Bias: -6.62

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

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 the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating a news article. To determine its reliability score, we consider the article’s veracity, expression, and its headline and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall reliability score.

To determine an article’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position and how it compares to other stories from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall bias score.

Article URLBiasReliability
‘American Idol’ Finalist Caleb Kennedy Leaves Show in Wake of Racist Social Media Post041
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to Induct Jay-Z, Carole King, Go-Go’s, Tina Turner, Todd Rundgren and Foo Fighters048.67
‘The Masked Singer’ Reveals the Identity of the Russian Dolls: Here’s the Band Under the Masks042
Ellen DeGeneres Says Negative Press Cycle Was ‘Orchestrated’ and ‘Misogynistic’ in First Interview After Announcing Show’s End-5.3342.33
‘Friends’ Reunion Special at HBO Max to Premiere in May, Drops First Teaser045
The MAGA Riot in Washington Was the Natural Culmination of Donald Trump’s Influence — And, Just Maybe, Its Swan Song-19.1734
Twitter Updates Label on Trump’s Tweets After Electoral College Certifies Biden Presidency-5.6744.33
Jim Carrey Resigns From Joe Biden Duties at ‘Saturday Night Live’-1.542.83
Jeremih in ‘Critical Condition’ in the ICU, Agent Says043.33
Gordon Ramsay Donated $50,000 to Late ‘MasterChef Junior’ Star Ben Watkins’ Cancer Treatment045.67
‘Wipeout’ Contestant Dies After Completing Game-Show Obstacle Course045.33
‘The Crown’: Emma Corrin on Princess Diana’s Bulimia, Hugging the Queen and Handing Off to Elizabeth Debicki040.67
How HBO Max Became ‘Wonder Woman 1984’s’ Best Option043.33
Sia Engages in Fiery Twitter Debate With Disability Activists Over Autism-Themed Film-0.6745
Twitter Will Transfer POTUS Account to Biden in January-0.6749.67
Meet the Chinese Animated ‘Mulan’ Flipping the Script on Disney’s Film-0.3340
‘Saturday Night Live’ Releases First Look at Jim Carrey’s Joe Biden Impression-3.3336
JoJo and Diane Warren Team Up for Official Biden/Harris Campaign Song, ‘The Change’ (EXCLUSIVE)-7.8339
BTS Reflects on Songwriting, Inspiration and Artistry032.67
Trump and First Lady Test Positive for Coronavirus-2.6750
‘Gilmore Girls’: The 30 Best Episodes, Ranked-0.3325.67