Detroit News Bias and Reliability Overview

Detroit News is a daily newspaper based in Detroit, Michigan, since 1873. It has won three Pulitzer Prizes and is now owned by Digital First Media. The News combined business operations with The Detroit Free Press in 1987. Published six days a week, The News has an estimated circulation of 113,000. The website records an average of more than 5.5 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Detroit News in the middle 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 Detroit News’ overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 47.02

Bias: -1.93

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
Washtenaw County prosecutor will no longer prosecute 'consensual' sex work-1.3348.52
GOP Rep. Meijer receiving threats after 'vote of conscience' to impeach Trump1.3348.18
Small businesses in Michigan can access $55 million in COVID relief050.19
What to know about getting vaccinated for COVID-19 in Michigan052.52
Tlaib, activists call for state probe of tax overassessments in Detroit047.6
Former West Bloomfield Twp. police chief Ronald Cronin dies050.39
For Metro Detroit Catholics, virus won't keep them from Christmas Mass047.39
Fake ATF agent arrested by real ATF agents, feds say037.23
Peters on James' refusal to concede: 'It's pathetic. They lost'-8.6745.63
Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency director resigns050.9
The election is over, but unease is running unopposed035.23
Michigan AG Dana Nessel files charges against GOP operatives over robocalls-5.535.45
Snyder endorses Biden, aims to win over Michigan GOP 'moderates'-1.546.67
Police commissioner sues over arrest at board meeting-2.3354.71
Michigan adds 16 deaths, tops 90,000 cases due to COVID-190.3352.47
Michigan has confirmed more than 75,000 COVID-19 cases since early March048.9
Aretha movie 'Respect' to now bow on MLK weekend to audiences nationwide-1.3344.6
Michigan House OKs bill keeping COVID-19 patients out of nursing homes2.6744.32
Trump deploys feds to more states under ‘law-and-order’ push-2.2248.23
Prosecutor: Misconduct charge against Detroit council's Gabe Leland tied to campaign donation0.2251.35