Chicago Sun-Times Bias and Reliability Overview

Chicago Sun-Times is a daily newspaper published in Chicago, Illinois, since 1948. It focuses on news in Chicago, northern Illinois and the Midwest. The newspaper has won eight Pulitzer Prizes. The Sun-Times has a daily readership of 680,000, with a Sunday readership of almost 800,000. The website reaches approximately 4.5 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Chicago Sun-Times 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 Chicago Sun-Times’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 46.85

Bias: -4.91

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
In the spotlight with Trump impeachment, Illinois GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger won’t rule out a statewide run-3.6745.92
Chaos, violence, mockery as pro-Trump mob occupies Congress-5.3344.77
Nearly 900 CTA workers have had COVID-19; 18 of them drove the busy No. 79 or No. 49 bus routes-7.3346.37
‘Epic failure’ of Illinois’ legal weed backers in Springfield to keep promises on diversity-1247.06
Lightfoot’s budget threat to Black Caucus makes her ‘no different than Daley or Rahm,’ alderman says-4.3341.71
Coronavirus ‘running rampant’ in Illinois with 15,415 new cases — most ever reported by any state in the U.S.-3.6749.36
Now-closed McCormick Place COVID-19 hospital cost taxpayers $15M to staff, run5.3348.1
7,538 new COVID-19 cases reported; state’s second-highest daily count050.37
Planning commissioner gets earful from aldermen about top-down management style1.6744.72
Weed a clear winner Tuesday as 6 suburbs vote to allow recreational sales, 5 states legalize pot in some form-347.39
The Englewood they see: Residents discuss the tension, resentment and good in their neighborhood after police shooting-2.4342.37
South Side groups call for federal investigation of Chicago’s zoning-749.45
Pipefitter killed in West Side crash had a ‘thirst for life’-0.3336.07
Chicago’s No. 3 cop was suspended for ‘rape’ comment before announcing retirement-2.6747.19
Police release video of fatal Loop shooting2.3353.79
Lightfoot defends calling FOP president a ‘clown,’ ‘cartoon character’ and ‘total fraud’-5.3351.51
Gang feud likely cause of mass shooting at South Side funeral home, sources say-150.28