The Root Bias and Reliability Overview

The Root is an online magazine targeted to African Americans, with the tagline “The Blacker the Content the Sweeter the Truth.” It is known for its annual Root 100 list of influential Black people between the ages of 25 and 45. The Root was launched in 2008 by literary critic Henry Gates Jr. and Donald Graham, former publisher of the Washington Post. It is now owned by G/O Media. Ad Fontes Media rates The Root 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 The Root’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 30.35

Bias: -20.16

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
Jon Ossoff Defeats David Perdue in Georgia Runoffs, Giving Democrats Control of the Senate-2.6746.08
Jon Ossoff Defeats David Perdue in Georgia Runoffs, Giving Democrats Control of the Senate-2.6746.08
Civil Rights Activist Marsha P. Johnson to be the First Transgender Person Given a Monument in America-4.549.58
Day 4: Satan Slept, and What We’ve Learned Now That the Republican National Convention Has Ended-32.6712.97
Jacob Blake Is No Longer Handcuffed to His Hospital Bed, Attorney Says [Updated]-2127.73
Turning Pain Into Policy: Kamala Harris, Ben Crump Explain Why Police Reform Starts With Economic Justice-17.525.68
Prosecutors Request Bond Be Revoked for Former Officer Who Shot Rayshard Brooks After He Took a Vacation to Florida-9.6744.4
It Is What It Is-30.3319.47
Nikole Hannah-Jones, Creator of the New York Times' 1619 Project, Awarded 2020 Pulitzer Prize-1346.28
It’s Time for America to Do the Right Thing and Quarantine Trump’s Press Conferences-27.533.12
What’s Better Than One Billionaire Remaining Seated During the Super Bowl National Anthem? Two-24.2933.47
DOJ Is Reportedly Making Its Review of How Russia Probe Came to Be a Criminal Matter-15.2541.94
Trump Announces Death of Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi-17.6744.45
The Man Who Dissed Mitch McConnell Says It Had Nothing to Do With Elijah Cummings. The Untold Backstory Is Even Worse-17.534.75
‘They’ll Erase Us From the Future’: Stacey Abrams Understands Why We Fear the Census But Says We Must Participate Anyway-10.3346.22
It’s About to Get Really Real: House to Take Formal Vote Thursday on Rules of Impeachment-7.549.58
Bernie Can’t Say Our Name, Beto Has No Shame, and Biden Can’t Be Tamed: 2020 Presidential Black Power Rankings, Week 14-1134.2
Elijah Cummings' Wife Maya Rockeymoore Expected to Run for His House Seat-6.537.72
Donald Trump, Still Salty Over Dashed Doral Deal for G-7, Dismisses Emoluments Clause as ‘Phony’-16.2537.89
If Everything Is a Lynching, Nothing Is a Lynching-331.46
If You Love Me, Do Not Call the Police-22.3332.97
Transgender Comedienne and Activist Referenced in Dave Chappelle's Sticks & Stones Dies by Suicide-8.6734.71
School Says It Will Discipline Middle School Student Who Spat on Black Visitor at African American History Museum-348.94
#AtatianaJefferson: A List of Questions That Need Answers From Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus-8.3338.71