Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Fact Reporting

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Ad Fontes Media rates The Weather Channel in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. The Weather Channel is a TV channel and website focusing on the weather and related content. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the channel was started in 1982. The TV channel is accessed more than 79 million households, while the website records 325 million visits each month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 48.99

Bias: -0.74

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
California Drought Before and After the Atmospheric River - Videos from The Weather Channel047.5
COVID-19 Sci-Weekly: Brain Fog in COVID Survivors, No Antibodies in Children With Mild Infections and More046.67
One Hurt, Dozens of Homes Damaged as Storms Roll Across Texas, Louisiana048.33
New Retardant Could Stop Wildfires Before They Start - Videos from The Weather Channel048
Rescuers Save 87 Ultramarathoners in Utah - Videos from The Weather Channel048.67
What Are Debris Flows and Why Are They Dangerous?047.33
Landslides, Flooding Clobber California - Videos from The Weather Channel047.33
California Drought: What Happens Next?047.67
Bali Earthquake Kills 3; Homes, Buildings Destroyed on Popular Indonesian Resort Island048.67
Infrastructure Bill Would Direct Billions Toward Climate Change Mitigation-2.546.5
More Than 100 People Stranded Overnight When Mudslides Close Portion of Interstate 70 in Colorado048
NTSB Will Investigate Passenger Train Derailment that Killed 3 in Montana048
PG&E Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter in California's Zogg Fire that Killed Four People046
Hurricane Ida Heat Deaths Prompt Renewed Look at Emergency Planning for Vulnerable Populations-2.6742.33
Warmer Minnesota Summers Lead to End of Musk Oxen at Zoo as Final Pair Is Euthanized-3.6748.67
Philadelphia Turns Lights Out for Migrating Birds-1.6748.67
Pair of Large Earthquakes Leave at Least 3 Dead, Dozens Injured in China049.67
Evacuations Lifted In Louisiana Dam Failure049.67
At Least 15 Dead After Congo's Mount Nyiragongo Volcano Erupts; Lava Engulfs Neighborhood048.67
'Imminent' Collapse at Florida Phosphate Plant Wastewater Pond Threatens Tampa Bay, Surrounding Neighborhoods049.67
Mystery Solved: Here's How Eagles Are Being Killed in Lakes in the Southeast U.S.052.33
Loss of World's Forests Accelerated in 2020 Despite Pandemic051.33
Years After Hurricane Maria, President Biden to Make Billions in Aid Available to Puerto Rico-4.6745.67
A Brief History of the Flu Vaccine052.33
Record-Setting Cyclone Gati Leaves Death, Destruction in Somalia049.33