AP Bias and Reliability Overview

AP (Associated Press) is an independent international news service operating in 250 locations worldwide. Founded in 1846, AP shares its news in 150,000 news outlets, with subscribers from across the globe. AP has won 54 Pulitzer Prizes, including 32 for photography. Ad Fontes Media rates AP in the middle 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 AP’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 51.19

Bias: -2.60

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
COVID relief bill could permanently alter social safety net-2.544.77
Democratic voting bill would make biggest changes in decades-3.6744.37
‘Horrible’: Witnesses recall massacre in Ethiopian holy city057.51
Trump can’t hang on to lawyers after false election claims-1.6745.59
A glance at Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s incendiary words-1.550.87
Chicago teachers vote to teach from home, defying district-3.3346.42
Trump did leave Oval Office note to Biden, says press aide-1.3345.16
The Latest: Hawley blocks quick confirmation of DHS nominee-1.3346.49
Top Missouri GOP donor Sam Fox disavows Sen. Josh Hawley-1.6744.66
The day my ‘second home,’ the Capitol, was overtaken by mob-2.545.89
2 men in high-profile photos among latest charged in DC riot047.49
No surprise: Trump left many clues he wouldn’t go quietly-1237.71
Mob at U.S. Capitol encouraged by online conspiracy theories-247.2
Electoral College makes it official: Biden won, Trump lost-5.547.82
Family demands release of evidence in Breonna Taylor’s case-3.6746.37
Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions-2.244.62
Trump, Biden go at it — from a distance — in town halls-245.29
Powerful Vatican Cardinal Becciu resigns amid scandal049.14
Plan released to cover part of projected $2 billion deficit-0.6751.48
Trump says he and first lady tested positive for coronavirus-2.6751.15
Timeline of Trump’s activities in week coronavirus hit home-0.3355.31
Trump says he and first lady tested positive for coronavirus-2.3351.05
Joe Biden was quoting racist comments when he used the N-word in 1985-151.46
Trump pledges woman for court, pushes Senate to move on pick-0.6753.32
Heat are ailing, but insist NBA Finals vs Lakers aren’t over150.22