LA Times Bias and Reliability Overview

LA Times is a daily newspaper that has been published in LA since 1881. The print product has a daily readership of 1.3 million, with 2 million on Sundays. The website records more than 27 million visits each month. The LA Times has won 47 Pulitzer Prizes. Ad Fontes Media rates LA Times as skews left 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 LA Times’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 46.94

Bias: -7.99

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
Column: Where QAnon goes, so goes the Republican Party1.6743.86
Wind power didn’t cause the Texas blackouts. But it wasn’t just fossil fuels, either-4.7144.73
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-02-05/trumpite-neighbor-unity-capitol-attack-1424.43
Op-Ed: I called Arizona for Biden on Fox News. Here’s what I learned045.63
Op-Ed: I called Arizona for Biden on Fox News. Here’s what I learned045.63
Op-Ed: Ted Lieu: Why we will impeach Trump a second time-737.74
‘Second revolution begins’: Armed right-wing groups celebrate Capitol attack-6.6743.07
Judge blocks Trump from restricting visas for high-skill workers-7.3350.53
California task force will consider paying reparations for slavery-746.8
‘I will do everything I can to find you.’ As mother frets over missing son, LAPD investigates049.09
Trump is 74, male and obese. All put him at greater risk of severe COVID-19-0.3352.39
Op-Ed: The truth behind Trump’s need to lie-1933.09
L.A. County deputy alleges ‘Executioner’ gang dominates Compton sheriff station-3.6751.17
Column: Why doesn’t Trump want kids taught that this country was built on the backs of enslaved Black people?-14.2536.51
Baseless birther attack on Kamala Harris shows how Trump is struggling to define her-1542.71
TikTok creators flocked to L.A. to become stars. What will they do if Trump’s ban takes effect?-4.6744.14
Heat wave to bake Southern California, creating potential fire danger-1.8354.6
L.A. County reports 91 deaths from COVID-19, the most in a single day-1.453.14
4-year-old boy dies and his little brother is injured in Pasadena apartment fire054.44
Oregon governor says federal agents to leave Portland, but Trump says not so fast-3.6750.07
Newsom announces ‘strike team’ for California’s unemployment agency as 1 million await benefits051.48
Islamic State takes responsibility for Sri Lanka Easter bombings as churches bury their dead0.551.25
California housing bill could have ‘far-reaching effects’ in Los Angeles, report says046.39
Supreme Court conservatives appear ready to OK Trump’s census citizenship question-7.6748.73
Judge sides with female inmates who filed lawsuit over sleep deprivation055.09