Mother Jones Bias and Reliability Overview

Mother Jones is a non-profit investigative news organization named after Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, an early 20th-century labor organizer. Its coverage focuses on politics, criminal and racial justice, environmental issues, and education. Founded in 1976, Mother Jones is based in San Francisco, with bureaus in Washington, D.C., and New York. Through its website and other platforms, it reaches more than 10 million people per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Mother Jones 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 Mother Jones’ overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 42.56

Bias: -9.80

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
The Myth of the Supernegro Comes to Derek Chauvin’s Defense-1236.67
It’s Official. The Senate Just Confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to Replace Ruth Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.-9.542
The Summer QAnon Went Mainstream-7.3340.67
Trump Wants to Reward Brazil’s Far-Right President With Special NATO Status-6.2551.25
Florida Gave Former Felons the Right to Vote. Legislators Want Them to Pay First.-14.3840.31
The Republican at the Center of North Carolina’s Election Fraud Case Just Endorsed a Confederate Apologist-7.1733
Right-Wing Troll Jacob Wohl Banned From Twitter-1254