MSNBC Bias and Reliability Overview

MSNBC is a cable television channel that provides NBC News coverage, in addition to original reporting and political commentary on current events. Established in 1996, MSNBC is owned by the NBC Universal Worldwide News Group division. Ad Fontes Media rates MSNBC 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 MSNBC’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 43.89

Bias: -13.74

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
Texans were casualties in Republicans' war on green energy-638.39
GOP congressman faces felony charges over alleged voter fraud-6.545.84
Joe Biden releases statement on Trump diagnosis052.34
Why flailing Republicans are lying about Roe v. Wade-1738.87
Woodward: Trump is assassinating the presidency-2632.11
Pence, second lady test negative for Covid-19-3.6750.45
Study: Trump is ‘single largest drive’ of coronavirus disinformation-18.6738.29
Sen. Ron Johnson exposed to someone with Covid-19-0.6751.35
Lindsey Graham tries, fails to justify breaking his word-23.6735.85
Unemployment filings disappoint, climb back above 1 million-743.98
Trump struggles to explain the 'culture of lawlessness' around him-13.6745.27
Russian opposition leader in coma after suspected poisoning-9.3346.27
Ex- Trump adviser Steve Bannon indicted for fraud over ‘Build the Wall’ campaign-0.3352.12
Federal judge rules Trump must give tax returns to NY prosecutors-7.6750.36
Trump cabinet officials voted by show of hands to separate migrant children during 2018 meeting-13.6747.6
Kamala’s ‘unique way of connecting to people’ will be an advantage in the VP debate-14.6735.59
‘I’ve never heard him like he was last night’: Eugene Robinson on the drama in Obama’s DNC speech-10.3338.53
Asked about alleged bounties, Trump has Putin-friendly answers-16.6236.3
Twitter temporarily suspends account of Donald Trump Jr. for violating rules-5.6250.11
On withdrawing troops from Germany, Trump admin advances gambit-12.3343.22
Attorney General Bill Barr on Roger Stone case-14.6739.53
Fact-checking Trump: Physicians in the U.S. ‘do not prescribe’ hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19-11.3344.76
Mika to Trump on coronavirus: ‘you have botched this from the start’-16.6739.74
Combative Barr defends Trump in norm-breaking Hill testimony-8.6737.34
Fauci disputes viral video: Scientific data shows 'hydroxychloroquine is not effective'-155.82