Popular Information Bias and Reliability Overview

Popular Information is an online blog and newsletter focusing on “news for people who give a damn.” It was founded in 2018 by Judd Legum, a journalist and lawyer who previously launched the news website Think Progress, which ended in 2019. The Popular Information website records 194,000 visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Popular Information in the skews left category 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 Popular Information’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 37.31

Bias: -15.95

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
The Department of Defense Contractors-18.6744.75
These corporations are funding the GOP candidates in Georgia's Senate run-off elections-14.6737
Trump campaign accepts donations from neo-Nazi leader-2023.52
The corporate conflicts of Trump's new coronavirus advisor-1533.56
The NBA's corporate sponsors donated $3.3 million to reelect politicians rated "F" by the NAACP-18.3341.53
Fakes on a plane-14.6739.3
The inside story of an alleged victim of "cancel culture"-8.6744.15
How to return your mail-in ballot without using the postal service-1.561.06
Voices of San Quentin: The inside story of how a prison became the nation's biggest COVID cluster-1043.94
A comprehensive guide to the sabotage of the United States Postal Service-1433.1
Congressman promotes notorious coronavirus conspiracy theorist-1141.54
This Congressman is attacking Black Lives Matter with white nationalist talking points. These companies are supporting him.-2925.78
Sarah Palin's Facebook grift-14.3341
Ultimate immunity-1048.39
What happened before Kodak's moment-6.3342.34