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 as hyper-partisan left in terms of bias and as mixed reliability 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: 31.82

Bias: -20.87

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.

These ratings reflect programs on the cable TV channel only. Ad Fontes Media does not rate the MSNBC website, because the content is repeated from the cable channel.

Individual Program Scores

The following programs were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each program 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 program. To determine its reliability score, we consider the program’s veracity, expression, and its headline, chyrons and graphics. The background and quality of the guests also are considered. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the program’s overall reliability score.

To determine a program’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position and how it compares to other stories from other sources on the same topic. The posture and presentation of the news by the hosts also are considered. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the program’s overall bias score.

ProgramBiasReliability
Morning Joe-15.6742.00
MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle-11.0036.00
MSNBC Live with Hallie Jackson-23.0030.67
Velshi & Ruhle-15.3339.33
MSNBC Live with Ali Velshi-21.0028.67
MTP Daily-16.3339.67
The Beat With Ari Melber-11.3331.33
Hardball with Chris Matthews-27.3323.33
The Rachel Maddow Show-14.3336.67
The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell-30.0031.67
The 11th Hour with Brian Williams-19.3341.67
Morning Joe First Look-1234
Andrea Mitchell Reports-14.3339
Velshi & Ruhle-12.6738.33
MSNBC Live with Katy Tur-1537.67
MTP Daily-1341.67
The Beat With Ari Melber-21.3332.67
Hardball with Chris Matthews-22.3326.67
The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell-2720.67
The 11th Hour with Brian Williams-18.6738.33
Kasie DC-13.3337.67
MSNBC Live with Craig Melvin-17.5047.50
Andrea Mitchell Reports-22.5038.75
MSNBC Live with Katy Tur-18.0039.25
Deadline: White House-13.5030.50
AM Joy-22.5034.25
PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton-30.0015.50
MSNBC Live with Ali Velshi-2132.5
Deadline: White House-25.2530.25
AM Joy-18.2532.75
PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton-24.2525.25
MSNBC Live with Alex Witt-2629.25

Previous ratings

The following ratings were compiled before Ad Fontes Media launched its current multi-analyst ratings project, using less rigorous methodology.