Democracy Now Bias and Reliability Overview

Democracy Now is an independent TV, radio and Internet news program. The hourlong broadcast airs on hundreds of radio and TV stations worldwide on weekdays. Founded in 1996, the station is based in New York City. The program’s website records more than 3 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Democracy Now as hyper-partisan left in terms of bias and as mixed reliability 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 Democracy Now’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 31.00

Bias: -18.12

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
Profiting from Pardons: Giuliani Aide Told CIA Whistleblower a Trump Pardon Would Cost $2 Million-8.3325.8
Steve Bannon Among Final Trump Pardons and Commutations-5.3346.94
Trump Tells Aides Not to Pay Giuliani’s Legal Fees as Bid to Overturn Election Fails-23.6744.18
U.S. Economy Shrank at Record-Breaking 31.4% Annualized Rate in Second Quarter-935.95
California Surpasses New York in Total Coronavirus Cases-9.6247.42
COVID-19 Lays Bare South Africa’s Rampant Inequality & Fault Lines of Post-Apartheid Society-10.438.43
As COVID Spikes in California, Latinx Workers Who “Keep the State Going” See Up to 5x the Deaths-12.6736.94
As U.S. Records 1,000 More COVID-19 Deaths, Trump Admits “It Will Get Worse Before It Gets Better”-7.6738.32
Portland Protests Grow Despite Violent Crackdown from Militarized Federal Agents & Local Police-2028.8
Rep. Ilhan Omar Faces Death Threats & “Dangerous Hate Campaign” as Right-Wing Attacks Continue-1937.39
Dems Probing Report of Trump Pardon for Blocking Entry to Migrants-1646.17
DOJ Orders Denial of Bond to Migrants, Allowing for Indefinite Detention-1349.52
ICC Makes “Dangerous Decision” to Drop Probe into U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan After U.S. Pressure-23.528.4
Extinction Rebellion: Meet the Famed Climate Attorney Who Superglued Herself Outside Shell’s U.K. HQ-2438.06
After Deadly 1996 Massacre, Australia Overhauled Its Gun Laws. New Zealand Now Plans to Do the Same-1150.89
ACLU: The U.S. Is Acting Like an Authoritarian Regime by Barring ICC Officials Probing War Crimes-10.6736.83
“They Are Us”: New Zealand Mourns After Mosque Attacks Killed 50 Including Refugees & Immigrants-6.3352.32
This Is Not Humanitarian Aid: A Maduro Critic in Venezuela Slams U.S. Plan to Push Regime Change-32.3312.47
“The Green Book: Guide to Freedom”: How African Americans Safely Navigated Jim Crow America-8.3349.25
The Coup Has Failed & Now the U.S. Is Looking to Wage War: Venezuelan Foreign Minister Speaks Out-24.6722.74
Incarceration Is a Deadly Health Risk: Former Chief Medical Officer of NYC Jails Speaks Out-12.6731.66
U.S. Accused of Trying to Unconstitutionally Strip Citizenship of U.S.-Born Woman Who Joined ISIS-12.2537.92