Baltimore Sun Bias and Reliability Overview

Baltimore Sun is the largest daily newspaper in Maryland. Founded in 1837, it is now part of the Tribune Publishing Company. The Sun won a Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting in 2020. The website records more than 4 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Baltimore Sun 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 Baltimore Sun’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 48.29

Bias: -2.91

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
Ellicott City flood mitigation projects to begin construction within 18 months, Howard County announces051.99
‘You choking me, sir’: Baltimore Police officer charged with assault, misconduct over forceful arrest captured on video-2.3345.66
Pence vows support for police as Trump makes surprise trip to Fort McHenry; guests crowd together to greet candidates0.6748.26
Maryland reports 577 newly confirmed coronavirus cases, six more deaths-1.6746.86
Baltimore suspends recycling pickup until Nov. 1 due to staffing shortages caused by coronavirus, heat: ’We need more help’-3.3343.55
Montgomery County issues new order to block in-person classes at private schools until October-3.3350.8
Rey Rivera’s friend, former Baltimore employer pushes back on Netflix’s ‘Unsolved Mysteries'045.55
Maryland coronavirus updates: With First Thursdays canceled, WTMD heads for the water; Restaurant Week vital for Carroll County-3.3350.56
Maryland elections officials poised to offer new November election format to governor as time runs short-2.6747.56
Maryland state trooper pleads guilty to fabricating DUI arrests, writing tickets to phantom people-450.82
University System of Maryland requiring masks on campus this fall amid coronavirus pandemic-0.6745.99
Coronavirus cases climb near Ocean City, as restaurants shutter due to employees testing positive-648.53
Baltimore to suspend indoor dining at bars and restaurants, expand mask requirements as COVID-19 cases rise-549.54
Maryland weather: Floodwaters carry away some vehicles; more heavy storms could be on the way Thursday-0.3349.51
Maryland schools superintendent stresses ‘local flexibility’ for fall reopening, doesn’t mandate virtual start-2.3349.2