ABC News Bias and Reliability Overview

ABC News is the news division of the American Broadcasting Company, part of Walt Disney Television. Founded in 1945, it is headquartered in New York City. Its most popular news programs are Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, 20/20 and Nightline. Its website,, records an average of 84.4 million monthly visits. Ad Fontes Media rates ABC News as neutral in terms 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 ABC News’ overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 48.28

Bias: -5.20

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 URL Bias Reliability
Does Electoral College end election for conservative media?-8.7539.09
Proud Boys founder denies inciting violence, responds to whether he feels responsible for group's behavior-247.96
Trump, campaign push back hard against any debate rules changes-4.3349.43
Comey made announcement on Clinton email probe days before election to give himself 'cover': Trump spokesperson046.72
Coulter Fires Up the Media With Criticism of 9/11 Widows-10.6740.88
Lawyer: Man killed by officer was asleep when police fired-5.6745.12
2020 may be 'one of the busiest' hurricane seasons on record: NOAA050.53
Beirut in crisis after deadly explosion. Here's how you can help-351.4
History made as first African American general leads one of the military services-4.6749.35
Denying federal aid to state, local governments could put neediest residents at risk-841.69
Philadelphia’s tale of two cities: Wealthy residents get tested at higher rates than poorer residents: ANALYSIS-745.04
US secures 100 million doses of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine candidate0.6747.59
NAACP sues Betsy DeVos over COVID-19 aid rule, claiming it benefits private schools at the expense of public ones-2.6745.56
Biden, Obama reunite for socially distanced conversation, slam Trump’s handling of COVID-19 crisis-9.6742.61
Coronavirus updates: CDC changes guidance on isolating adults with COVID-19-1.3353.19
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reportedly accosted by male Republican lawmaker on Capitol steps-5.6744.24
Fauci says he wasn't invited to White House briefing-3.6748.55
Attorney general orders some asylum seekers to be held without bail-2.7543.34
What we've learned from 2020 candidates' tax returns-0.6747.87
As Trump attacks Omar, progressive Democrats unhappy with Pelosi's defense-651.47
State's Attorney Kim Foxx calls Jussie Smollett 'washed up celeb who lied' and R. Kelly 'pedophile' in texts-149.66
Abortion rights group asks Supreme Court to strike Louisiana admitting privileges law1.6749.19
Fort Carson soldier who disappeared Monday night found alive0.553.73
5 takeaways from the 1st major fundraising reports of the 2020 presidential race046.66
As Mueller report release nears, White House prepares robust response: Sources-2.3354.52
Trump vetoes resolution to end US involvement in Yemen-152.25
Michigan AG to review 2015 fatal shooting by ICE agent049.65
New body cam video shows deadly North Carolina police shooting of 27-year-old0.6751.63
Donald Trump and 'the Trump of the Tropics,' Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro, meet at White House-4.3352.33
Facebook agrees to hide demographics from landlords, creditors looking to advertise-2.3351.94
The Electoral College limits the campaign playing field. Popular voting expands it: ANALYSIS-1031.84
Plea deal offered to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in solicitation of prostitution case0.550.25
President Trump again blasts John McCain, says he was 'never a fan' and 'never will be'-2.3349.49
Appeals court says special counsel Robert Mueller 'properly appointed'; orders ex-Stone aide to testify0.6751.74
US disrupted alleged Russian trolls' internet access during midterms: Report-5.3352.26
Republican at center of North Carolina election fraud scandal will not run in new election-0.7552.68
Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney and long-time fixer, disbarred in New York4.6756.38
Tensions with Trump: Dr. Anthony Fauci on telling the truth-6.8845.84
Thousands of armed protesters turn out for Trump-supported gun rally-7.2549.42