Boston Globe Bias and Reliability Overview

Boston Globe is the largest daily newspaper in New England. It was founded in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1872 and is now part of Boston Globe Media Partners. The Globe has won a Pulitzer Prize 26 times, including for Public Service in 2003 for its coverage of sex abuse by priests in the Catholic Church, an investigative report that was documented in the 2015 film, “Spotlight.” The Globe print newspaper has a paid circulation of approximately 92,000, as well as 200,000 digital subscribers. The website records 9.8 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Boston Globe as skews left 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 Boston Globe’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 45.30

Bias: -10.26

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
The horror of the Confederate flag in the US Capitol-436.31
Governor nominates Serge Georges Jr. to Supreme Judicial Court-247.89
They got ‘clobbered’ on Election Day. Now Massachusetts Republicans are weighing whether to change leaders0.6743.18
These ordinary citizens are preparing to fight a coup in November-10.6742.78
White House signals defeat in pandemic as coronavirus outbreak roils Pence’s office-8.6742.71
State legislator flees home after threatening calls received-1.3351
Who are the out-of-state billionaires backing ranked-choice voting in Massachusetts?-547.06
Senate to confirm Barrett for court in highly partisan vote-2.6751.4
Stahl: More questions to ask a president who never returned-1046.04
Trump appears at rally in Londonderry, N.H., riffing on ‘fake ballots,’ 2016, and Air Force One-946.7
Long before pandemic, problems mounted for new Red and Orange line cars-148.74
High risk for three weeks, 13 communities in Massachusetts are back to Phase 3, step 1-0.6748.74
Debate over political significance of Harris’s multicultural background spotlights America’s ongoing struggle with multiracial identities-1246.92
Harvard pandemic expert Ashish Jha takes a more optimistic view of the fall and winter3.3346.95
Hybrid schooling could be a public health disaster, some doctors warn-3.6739.22
Mass. reports 319 new confirmed coronavirus cases, 21 new deaths-152.98
Former Boston police union head charged with yearslong sexual abuse of young girl153.28
A bipartisan group secretly gathered to game out a contested Trump-Biden election. It wasn’t pretty-1536.07
Walsh rips Trump administration for sending federal agents to respond to protests in Portland, Ore.-13.6743.41
Trump resumes coronavirus briefings, concedes things will ‘probably get worse’-2034.6