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Boston Herald Bias and Reliability Overview

Boston Herald is a tabloid daily newspaper covering the city of Boston, Massachusetts, and the surrounding area. It was founded in 1846 and since 2018 has been part of Digital First Media/MediaNews Group Inc., owned in part by Alden Global Capital. The Herald has received eight Pulitzer Prizes. The print product has a weekday paid circulation of 250,000, with 9,500 digital subscribers. The website records 2.2 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Boston Herald in the skews right 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 Boston Herald’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 40.34

Bias: 10.23

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 URLBiasReliability
Moore: In Biden’s America, everyone is entitled to everything18.3323.67
Editorial: Taking the knee goes from protest to trend432.33
Charlie Baker: U.S. has done ‘a bad job’ on affordable housing-2.3344.67
Chaos reigned in wake of Haitian president’s assassination046.67
Battenfeld: Biden administration taking cancel culture to new extremes with Facebook crackdown1430.67
Massachusetts wet weather: Record-breaking rain leads to flooding, but sun likely to return this week046
Judge orders end to DACA, current enrollees safe for now-2.3344.67
Battenfeld: Kamala Harris failing to live up to hype1230
CDC says vaccinated teachers and students need not wear a mask inside school buildings048
McManus: Afghanistan gets uglier, Biden changes subject6.3335
Japan bans fans at Tokyo-area Olympics venues due to virus046.33
Unfriendly skies: FAA fines ‘unruly’ passengers plaguing airlines042.33
Stephen Lynch tests positive for coronavirus after receiving second vaccine dose045.33
Massachusetts Phase 2 vaccine rollout: Local health officials frustrated by supply, communication issues-1.3344
Boston Teachers Union says concerns remain ahead of Monday reopening-3.3344.33
Massachusetts Dems reject amendment to limit Baker’s ability to fill Elizabeth Warren vacancy445
30 Massachusetts cities and towns are now at high risk for coronavirus-3.6747.67
Ed Markey cruises to victory as Democrats, Republicans wrest for control of Senate051
Trump, Biden campaigns project confidence as vote counting continues in key swing states-1.6749.33
Massachusetts Question 2: Ranked choice voting opponents take victory lap048.33
Feds order emergency shutdown of Weymouth gas compressor station after two leaks-0.6753.67
Broad Institute coronavirus testing: Positive rates at 108 Boston-area colleges make up one-tenth of state’s average050.33
8 Massachusetts cities and towns at high risk for coronavirus as number of moderate-risk communities jumps0.6748.67
Massachusetts unemployment checks: State starts to disburse extra $300 weekly payments-150.33
Police reform debate stalls behind closed doors on Beacon Hill-1.6750
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