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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: 39.78

Bias: -15.51

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 URLBiasReliability
Pelosi Rejects Two Big Lie Enthusiasts From Jan. 6 Commission-12.6738.33
Texas Governor Signs Six-Week Abortion Ban, Teeing Up a Litigation Free-for-All-1531
They Went Back to India to Care for Parents Dying of COVID-19. Now, They’re Stranded.-5.3346.33
Doctor, Lawyer, Insurrectionist: The Radicalization of Simone Gold-14.3332.67
The Myth of the Supernegro Comes to Derek Chauvin’s Defense-1236.67
Georgia’s New Voter Suppression Law Is Hit With Its First Lawsuit-1046
House Democrats Are Showing That Trump Is More Guilty Than You Thought-7.3341.67
How the Fossil Fuel Industry Convinced Americans to Love Gas Stoves – Mother Jones-4.3345.33
Biden Has a Plan for Thousands of Asylum Seekers Stuck at the Border-13.3345
Of Course Trump Will Get Away With Criming While Wealthy and White-14.6735.33
Murder, Heart Attacks, Suicide, COVID—Immigrants Are Dying in “America’s Waiting Room”-10.3334
Biden Pledged to Close For-Profit ICE Detention Centers. Will He Follow Through?-16.6738.67
Roger Stone Did Something Wrong-17.6738
A Top Biden Cybersecurity Aide Donated Over $500,000 to AIPAC as an NSA Official-20.3340
Fight Trump Like He’s a Terrorist Leader, National Security Experts Say-1635
The House Has Impeached Donald Trump—Again – Mother Jones-1.6745.33
Political Extremists Are Using YouTube to Monetize Their Toxic Ideas-1535.33
Donald Trump Can’t Denounce White Supremacists Because He Is One-23.3324
Trump Attacks Them. COVID-19 Threatens Them. But Immigrants Keep the US Fed.-1241
Donald Trump Has COVID-19 – Mother Jones-6.3345.67
Trump Is Trashing the Constitution to Stay in Power-22.3328.67
Trump Defends Police Shooting of Portland Man as “Retribution” – Mother Jones-25.3329.67
Biden Disinformation Is Ripping Across Facebook the Same Day It Brushed Him Off – Mother Jones-8.3341.67
Tom Cotton Went on Fox News to Make the Case for a Quick Supreme Court Nomination. It Went Poorly.-17.1738.83
The McCloskeys Complained About “Ending Single-Family Home Zoning.” That’s a Racist Dog Whistle.-19.636.8
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