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 in the skews left 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 LA Times’ overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 45.79

Bias: -9.16

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
President Trump posts unedited ‘60 Minutes’ interview on Facebook-544.75
Column: Why doesn’t Trump want kids taught that this country was built on the backs of enslaved Black people?-12.838.2
Baseless birther attack on Kamala Harris shows how Trump is struggling to define her-1542.5
Stimulus checks, jobless aid unlikely for several more weeks as Democrats, White House dig in heels-743.5
California housing bill could have ‘far-reaching effects’ in Los Angeles, report says046.5
Supreme Court conservatives appear ready to OK Trump’s census citizenship question-7.8641.57
Law enforcement loses a round in legislative fight over police use of deadly force-1.3353
Measles’ next target in Los Angeles: Unvaccinated college students-0.6753.33
‘Not even a little’ worried? Trump’s anti-media tweet storm says otherwise-1234.67
No soccer experience, but she still got a spot on elite UCLA team in college admissions scandal064
In echoes of Watergate, Trump’s ex-lawyer is expected to tell all to House committee-1041.67