San Francisco Chronicle Bias and Reliability Overview

San Francisco Chronicle is the largest newspaper in northern California, covering the San Francisco Bay area. Founded in 1865, the newspaper became part of Hearst Communications in 2000. The newspaper has been awarded six Pulitzer Prizes. Its daily circulation is approximately 176,000, with 211,000 on Sundays and 521,000 on its digital platform. The website records 9.2 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates San Francisco Chronicle as skews left in terms 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 San Francisco Chronicle’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 45.85

Bias: -6.72

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
Trump incites attack on American democracy. He needs to go. Now-1332.66
Editorial: A dark day in America, incited by the president of the United States-11.536.94
State budget looking at $26 billion windfall next year, but money woes remain-1.6747.19
Does COVID-19 result in lasting immunity? Growing evidence says yes-146.19
First rain of season unveils a new pollution problem: masks and gloves — pandemic PPE-1.6747.19
U.S. surpasses 250,000 COVID deaths as pandemic rages across the nation. Bay Area braces for the worst-149.86
These maps reveal where every S.F. overdose occurred this year-1.6752.33
Health officials’ plea: Cancel the Thanksgiving spread and stay home-1.6745.99
Plastic garbage poses major threat to whales, other marine life, report finds-148.66
At least 750,000 Californians could lose unemployment benefits by end of 2020-249.33
GOP looks to score points in California House races on ‘defund the police’ issue-1340.51
Three SF supervisors, environmental groups seek ouster of health official after Chronicle investigation-2.3352.16
https://www.sfchronicle.com/california-wildfires/article/Frantic-evacuations-and-rescues-as-fast-moving-15494782.php-0.6750.97
A new strain of the coronavirus is dominant now. Is it more contagious?-0.6743.12
Menlo Park megachurch pastor steps down in wake of scandal-243.15
Marin County hiker assaulted after asking jogger to put on mask-1.6746.47
California prison population drops below 100,000 for first time in 30 years-6.546.8