RT Bias and Reliability Overview

RT (Russia Today) is a global news network of TV channels and digital platforms in six languages. RT is based in Moscow, Russia, and funded by the Russian government. Its RT America channel, launched in 2010, is registered as a foreign agent by the U.S. Department of Justice. RT America, based in Washington, D.C., records more than 171 million visits per month on its website. Ad Fontes Media rates RT as skews right 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 RT’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 29.82

Bias: 16.61

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
Wayne Dupree: The Republicans backing the President’s impeachment are condemning their party to years in the wilderness2920.05
US Congress goes into LOCKDOWN as pro-Trump protesters storm Capitol041.76
President Trump says he & first lady tested positive for coronavirus after top aide infected on campaign trail551.39
‘We just passed a guy in a JETPACK’: American Airlines pilot reports bizarre mid-air encounter while landing at LAX-0.2546.72
Equal justice? Twitter locks out lawyer of alleged Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse for ‘violating rules’17.2532.68
Amazon seeks intelligence analysts to track down ‘labor organizing threats,’ calls job listings a mistake after backlash-1238.84
Starbucks barista fired for making ‘poisonous drink with BLEACH’ & wishing a ‘few dead cops’ in TikTok VIDEO345.78
Ilhan Omar blasts MSNBC’s Joy Reid for Islamophobia after she compares Trump’s ‘radicalization’ of supporters to ‘how Muslims act’2.544.27
Contested election inevitable? Data firm predicts Trump lead on election night will turn into Biden victory as mail votes counted935.94
No joke zone: Twitter mob CANCELS Twenty One Pilots’ frontman Tyler Joseph for visual pun on ‘using platforms’ for social issues10.3337.75
Nancy Pelosi’s hair stylist backs up her SALON SET-UP story, says owner was breaching Covid restrictions all along8.3330.17
Facebook to BAN new pre-election political ads & label early victory claims in order to ‘limit potential for civil unrest’041.7
Spare the children? Nah: Police seek Colorado woman who pulled U-turn & PUNCHED 12yo boy on bike for carrying Trump sign12.3344.31
Washington Post outlines bizarrely detailed post-election apocalypse...unless Biden scores a landslide victory2238.29
DC 18yo who LIVESTREAMED with gun brandished his weapon while fleeing before being shot – police body cam footage6.6748.65
Not interested in bringing Alexa into your house? That's OK, Amazon's working with your LANDLORD now15.6730.39
Anthropologist David Graeber, the man behind ‘We are the 99%’ slogan, dead at 59436.29
‘They’ll shoot me!’ Joe Biden slammed for ‘sick’ joke in Kenosha after police shooting1422.69
Vote for Weinstein? Michelle Obama’s praise of Biden prompts opponents to recall her similar praise for Hollywood rapist1533.49
Comedian posts satirical tweet claiming convicted RAPIST will speak at Republican convention and internet goes wild12.6730.9
Calls for boycott after Goodyear’s ‘zero-tolerance policy’ allows staff to wear BLM shirts but forbids MAGA hats19.6728.67
Bill Clinton lectures Trump on ‘taking responsibility’ & proper Oval Office behavior while backing Biden’s 2020 bid3317.86
American Samoa ‘hostage situation’ & Rhode Island ‘calamari ninja’: Twitter loses it over DNC's virtual roll call3.3319.13
Ilhan Omar roasted for idea to replace police at schools with mental care workers; What if there’s a shooting? people online ask1227.74
Feds won't leave Portland ‘until there is safety’: Trump rejects Oregon governor's claim that ‘occupying force’ is leaving city6.240.8
War IS a game? US House rejects AOC’s amendment to bar Pentagon from recruiting on Twitch as over 100 Dems side with GOP7.438.36
US’ global media agency launches probe into ‘election interference’ after VOA runs Biden campaign ad targeting Muslims344.48
Obama turns John Lewis funeral into DNC event, wants automatic voter registration, end to ‘Jim Crow relic’ filibuster14.6731.9
We closed this ‘den of spies’ consulate: Pompeo takes hard stance on China during Senate hearing28.525.61
Michigan gov. limits indoor gatherings to 10 people & restricts bars’ operations to ‘avoid a potentially devastating 2nd wave’2.2543.88
ZERO chance Google will send users to Breitbart to get news about Joe Biden, website claims31.3320.53
Does Trump want Pelosi for president? Twitter goes wild over his suggestion to delay election2227.78
Liberals leap to politicize Herman Cain’s Covid-19 death because he ‘didn’t wear a mask’24.6724.47
Pizza restaurant FLOODED with negative reviews after Trump endorsement15.6722.34
‘Must know results the same night!' Trump attacks mail-voting AGAIN after suggestion to delay 2020 election misfires-336.54
‘A momentary lapse of honesty?’ WATCH US Defense Secretary Esper saying NATO must ‘avoid PEACE in Europe’4.521.12
Trump can’t & shouldn’t move election date, head of US election commission says after president muses about delay-141.19
Alyssa Milano roasted after complaining that Joe Rogan's podcast has more listeners than hers does1528.67
US is at a critical juncture, facing TWO EPIDEMICS: Covid-19 & soaring joblessness-3.6734.19
Primary postponed & quarantine mulled as New York Covid-19 death toll JUMPS by 209 in one day & number of cases blasts past 50,0001.8346.97
‘Double standards!’ Trump team rips Twitter after it flags Biden ‘endorsement’ clip but OKs THREE doctored Trump vids19.629.67
International Women’s Day was conceived as a celebration of women’s rights. It turned into a pseudo-feminist nightmare10.230.19
Soros-linked political pressure group Avaaz joins forces with MSM to purge climate skeptics from YouTube22.6721.47
Cancel culture strikes again and kills Apu from ‘The Simpsons’ – where does this nonsense end?1329.98
Political pawn or guilty as charged? Extradition trial of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou gets underway in Vancouver-845.62
Iran will leave pact barring it from getting nukes if complaint over 2015 deal filed with UN – Zarif6.3343.5
Facebook censors explainer clip recalling when western media liked Soleimani – and demonetizes popular account for sharing it-10.227.78