NBC News Bias and Reliability Overview

NBC News is the news division of the National Broadcasting Company, part of NBCUniversal, owned by Comcast Corporation. Founded in 1940, it is headquartered in New York City. Its most popular news programs are Today, NBC Nightly News, Dateline and Meet the Press. Its website was launched in 1996 and records 86 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates NBC News as skews left in terms 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 NBC News’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 46.92

Bias: -7.72

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
World leaders congratulate Biden, some take shots at Trump-6.3345.12
Some QAnon followers lose hope after Inauguration-544.11
Democrats have a new tool to undo Trump's 'midnight rule-making.' But there's a catch.-6.6745.42
Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers fostered false election allegations that fueled Capitol riot-7.6745.42
GOP state legislators backed Trump in Capitol attack. It's on them to stop what's coming.-11.3340.61
No stockpile? Governors hit Washington as vaccine chokepoints pile up-3.6745.53
How Stacey Abrams has been mobilizing Asian Americans for years-8.6745.76
Matthew Levitt Trump's aiding Capitol violence as world watches shows U.S. is now exporting extremism-2.3338.72
Inside the Trump riots: How an ordinary Congress vote devolved into disarray-6.3338.03
Behind Tom Cruise's apparent outburst, Covid-era anxieties and power imbalances-3.3342.55
Advocates fear Barrett will strip away gay rights. It could begin next week.-8.1442.03
From masks to disinfectants: Trump's coronavirus theories-12.6739.58
Why are Americans so confused about Covid-19? Blame Trump, Cornell study says-11.6748.03
Two conservative political operatives charged with misleading voter robocalls-4.2548.96
Trump tells Tulsa crowd he wanted to 'slow down' COVID-19 testing; White House says he was joking-5.6746.14
House passes Democratic pandemic relief measure as bipartisan talks continue-1.3351.23
Trump experiencing 'mild symptoms' after testing positive for Covid-19-4.4350.39
Trump is winning the voter registration battle against Biden in key states-446.64
Biden campaign says Trump team did not alert them about president's diagnosis-351.15
HPV vaccine significantly lowers risk of cervical cancer, large study finds-0.3352.39
Trump family members ignore mandatory mask rule-549.4
Amazon says nearly 20,000 U.S. employees have contracted Covid-19-0.3349.51
Fact-check: Trump says 'no negative effects' from his rallies, ignoring Covid-19 cases-6.3344.22
Map: Where President Trump went the week he was diagnosed with Covid-19-0.3348.43
Trump says he and first lady will self-quarantine after aide Hope Hicks tests positive for Covid-19-4.1449.74