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 in the skews right 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 RT’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 30.42

Bias: 15.56

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 Derek Chauvin trial should be a referendum on police training, but instead is focused on race1327.5
Dazed, confused and dreaming of a future without a Republican Party? Biden’s first press conference should terrify all Americans21.3324.61
Revenge of the stairs: White House dismisses Biden stumble as minor mishap in windy weather, but some jokingly blame Kremlin932.67
As breastfeeding becomes chestfeeding to appease trans tyrants, women are erased from childbirth & we lurch ever closer to lunacy2723.64
Criminal probe into ‘attempts to influence’ 2020 US election in Georgia targets Trump, media claims-0.3344.8
13 GOP House members demand AOC apologize to Ted Cruz for accusing him of ‘attempted murder’1439.64
Democrats seek to strip Marjorie Taylor Greene of House committee assignments to negate ‘future harm’ from ‘QAnon Congresswoman’1818.69
CNN proves the left doesn’t believe in freedom of speech, only ‘freedom of reach’ as media targeted in wake of Capitol riot17.6724.35
National Guard to remain in Washington, DC until MARCH to provide security for impeachment trial – report11.6735.95
Trump to use millions in campaign cash, threat of third party to stop Republicans voting to impeach – reports0.3345.14
‘Badge of honor’: Arizona GOP censures state's governor and Rep. McCain for Trump opposition11.3342.27
California church known for anti-LGBT beliefs is BOMBED… and county official's answer is ‘unity’ to address ‘hate issues’15.6726.66
Irony meets hypocrisy? When it comes to UNION vote, Amazon argues that in-person ballots are crucial for valid & fair election12.3333.95
CrossTalk, QUARANTINE EDITION: New tyranny?14.3328.73
CrossTalk Bullhorns, QUARANTINE EDITION: Patriot Act 2.011.6730.45
CrossTalk, QUARANTINE EDITION: What kind of legacy?9.3330.16
Amazon’s push to privatize vaccinations lifts the curtain on the US government’s transformation into ‘public private partnership’-1.6731.75
Parler CEO Matze ‘goes into hiding over death threats,’ company says as it seeks to seal employee info in court battle with Amazon542.54
Dear anti-vaxxers, ask yourselves this, why-oh-why would Bill Gates and Big Government want to monitor your incredibly dull lives?-1533.25
America 2.0: After the election0.6736.23
‘We may never find patient zero’: WHO urges to be ‘careful’ about attributing start of Covid-19 pandemic0.6741.56
Wayne Dupree: The Republicans backing the President’s impeachment are condemning their party to years in the wilderness2919.98
US Congress goes into LOCKDOWN as pro-Trump protesters storm Capitol041.85
President Trump says he & first lady tested positive for coronavirus after top aide infected on campaign trail551.23
‘We just passed a guy in a JETPACK’: American Airlines pilot reports bizarre mid-air encounter while landing at LAX-0.2546.67