Hartford Courant Bias and Reliability Overview

Hartford Courant is a multimedia company based in Hartford, Connecticut. Founded in 1764, the Courant is the nation’s oldest continuously published newspaper in America. Part of the Tribune Publishing Company, the newspaper has won two Pulitzer Prizes. The newspaper has an average circulation of 135,000 on Sundays and 93,000 on weekdays. The website records 2.9 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Hartford Courant 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 Hartford Courant’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 47.64

Bias: -2.08

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
Editor’s Note: Why you won’t see many mug shots on courant.com anymore-248.34
As COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands, Connecticut hospitals not getting enough supply to keep pace with rising demand049.3
Connecticut will soon begin the massive and months-long task of vaccinating the entire state048.63
Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut formally expands next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations; state reports lowest single-day positivity rate in months048.63
Inside the U.S. Capitol: Connecticut lawmakers evacuated as pro-Trump insurgents storm building-1.6747.87
No, Dominion voting machines did not cause widespread problems-346.51
Close to 80% turnout expected in presidential election in Connecticut as absentee ballot counting will continue through Wednesday0.543.27
East Hartford settles with police officer who filed human rights complaint-4.638.64
Waterbury voters: Columbus statue should stay on city land-0.1752.74
More Democrats in the General Assembly could lead to legal marijuana, but Gov. Lamont says he opposes higher taxes for wealthy-0.8350.59
Gov. Lamont says towns need to clamp down on illegal crowds at restaurants in Connecticut. But can they -- and how much are these episodes contributing to COVID-19 spread?044.57
Daily coronavirus updates: All indoor and outdoor gatherings capped at 10 people, as more than half of Connecticut now under ‘red-alert’ advisory; sports highly restricted053.57
In the search for workers to make submarines in Connecticut and Rhode Island, industry group surveys supply chain about job details053.18
Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut reports zero deaths for third consecutive day, lowest positivity rate ever0.527.13
5 men charged in brazen shooting outside Bridgeport courthouse that targeted rival gang members, federal prosecutors say1.6744.87
New Haven schools plan to reopen completely online, in contrast to Gov. Ned Lamont’s preference for some in-person learning-946.75
Primaries in pandemic: No handshakes or door-knocking for many candidates ahead of Connecticut’s Aug. 11 voting-2.3349.76
‘If not, we’ll use flashlights.’ Connecticut towns preparing plans if power outages from Tropical Storm Isaias persist for Tuesday’s primaries0.6752.86
To combat surging COVID-19 cases elsewhere, Connecticut requiring quarantine for travelers from 31 states050.4
Parent surveys suggest most want their children in school this fall, but many families remain uncertain-1.6750.02
‘An eternity in COVID time:' Connecticut residents report long waits for coronavirus test results-249.49
Daily coronavirus updates: For second day in row, Connecticut reports zero coronavirus deaths-1.1750.99