ProPublica Bias and Reliability Overview

ProPublica is a non-profit organization that focuses on investigative journalism. Its mission is to shine the light on “abuses of power and betrayals of public trust.” It was founded in 2007 and is based in New York City. ProPublica has won six Pulitzer Prizes, in addition to several other awards. Ad Fontes Media rates ProPublica 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 ProPublica’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 46.09

Bias: -8.03

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
Donald Trump Built a National Debt So Big (Even Before the Pandemic) That It’ll Weigh Down the Economy for Years-5.447.8
Vaccinating Black Americans Is Essential. Key States Aren’t Doing the Work to Combat Hesitancy-10.6733.33
Restrictions on the South Texas Border Were Meant to Protect People From COVID-19. Then the Handcuffs Came Out.-8.6744
Leaked Documents Show How China’s Army of Paid Internet Trolls Helped Censor the Coronavirus1.3343.33
The Kushners’ Freddie Mac Loan Wasn’t Just Massive. It Came With Unusually Good Terms, Too.-7.3345.67
Here Are Six Accidents UNC Researchers Had With Lab-Created Coronaviruses-148.67
The Postal Service Is Steadily Getting Worse — Can It Handle a National Mail-In Election?-647.33
The NYPD Is Withholding Evidence From Investigations Into Police Abuse-3.2546.75
Cellphone Data Shows How Las Vegas Is “Gambling With Lives” Across the Country-3.2549.25
A Privately Funded Border Wall Was Already at Risk of Collapsing if Not Fixed. Hurricane Hanna Made It Worse.-8.6743.33
“It Cost Me Everything”: In Texas, COVID-19 Takes a Devastating Toll on Hispanic Residents-8.6749
New York Grand Jury Indicts Two Former Leaders of Mexico’s Drug War for Cartel Connections-1.3348.33
Many People are Too Broke for Bankruptcy. A New Report Suggests Some Fixes.-8.3347
TSA Agents Say They’re Not Discriminating Against Black Women, But Their Body Scanners Might Be-10.541.75
In a Time of Cheap Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power Companies Are Seeking — and Getting — Big Subsidies-3.3352.67
Cook County Judge Blocks ProPublica Illinois From Publishing Details of Child Welfare Case-2.7550.75
Six Tips for Preparing for the Mueller Report, Which Just Landed-11.2535.75
VA’s Private Care Program Headed for Tech Trouble, Review Finds-7.3347.67
GAO Urges Federal Government to Reveal Key Information on Political Appointees-5.3344.67
Facebook Won’t Let Employers, Landlords or Lenders Discriminate in Ads Anymore-8.3346
Who Was Behind the Plan to Give Saudi Arabia Nuclear Power, and What Was Their Agenda? — “Trump, Inc.” Extra-1447.33
Navy Promised Changes After Deadly Accidents, but Many Within Doubt It’s Delivering on Them-2.6753.67