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 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 NBC News’ overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 44.63

Bias: -8.98

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
Why are Americans so confused about Covid-19? Blame Trump, Cornell study says-1242
'She's a monster': Laura Ingraham's gay brother lashes out in interview-0.3335.33
Pope Francis declines meeting with Mike Pompeo ahead of U.S. election146.33
Pelosi won't rule out new impeachment to delay SCOTUS vote if Biden wins-9.6747.67
Joe Biden's DNC moment: 5 things to watch on the final night-936.67
Oregon governor says feds to leave Portland, but feds say they're staying-9.3343.67
Notre Dame fire: Macron's five-year rebuilding pledge is unrealistic, experts warn151.33
In a record-long bull market, why are some big banks coming up short?-144.67
Qualcomm gains $30 billion in market value after Apple settlement048
GOP lawmaker withdraws invite for AOC to visit Kentucky mine-4.3346.33
Ruling by Attorney General Barr means thousands more migrants may wait months in detention-5.3348
Trump vetoes measure to end U.S. involvement in Yemen war-250.5
FDA approves first drug for postpartum depression047
Cat cannibalism: Report discloses 'questionable' gov't animal experiments-647.33
Trump: 'I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be'-743
Midwest voters in Trump country face historic floods and call for climate action-9.3345.33
Ari Melber: "We just saw something totally extraordinary"-1234.33
Heated racial dispute between Reps. Tlaib and Meadows mars Cohen hearing-1.6749.67
Trump approved operation that disabled Russian troll farm during 2018 midterms-5.1745.67
House pushes through first major gun bill in a generation-10.3346
Trump peace plan would likely extend decades-old conflict, analysts warn-10.3341.33
Coronavirus cases surge in China as virus spreads054.25
Trump's Senate impeachment hearings will be driven by the GOP's fear-18.7128.57
To understand Martin Luther King Jr., don't rely on the highlights reel, experts say-938.29
At tense Virginia rally, gun rights activists vow their fight is just getting started-4.548.25