SeattlePI Bias and Reliability Overview

SeattlePI (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) is an online newspaper based in Seattle, Washington. It was the first major metro daily newspaper to publish online only, in 2009. The website is part of Hearst Seattle Media, owned by The Hearst Corporation since 1921. The Post-Intelligencer was founded in 1863 as the Seattle Gazette, a weekly publication. Two Pultizer Prizes have been awarded to the PI for editorial cartooning. The website records approximately 1.4 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates SeattlePI as neutral 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 SeattlePI’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 44.43

Bias: -4.52

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
'Supply chain remains strong': As second shutdown hits Washington, shoppers urged not to panic buy047.63
Fishermen find woman who jumped off state ferry044.96
Here's what you can and can't do under Washington's new coronavirus restrictions-0.6750.64
10 Seattle-area restaurants reimagine outdoor dining, takeout for Thanksgiving dinner-0.3345.63
Seattle grocery stores adapt to new restrictions, capacity limits ahead of increased holiday demand045.85
Lil Wayne Charged With Firearm Possession, Faces Up to 10 Years in Prison041.35
Undaunted in the face of a challenging diagnosis038.85
These Seattle bars, restaurants closed permanently due to COVID-19040.35
Coronavirus update: Statewide cases reach 75,377; 1,935 deaths-13.548.72
King County prosecutors believe man who shot protester on Capitol Hill provoked incident-3.6747.06
24 things that let you know you're done with Seattle0.3333.93
Inslee recommends high-risk WA counties use distance learning, cancel all extracurricular activities-2.6745.49
New proposal suggests rebuilding cracked West Seattle Bridge with local timber-138.8
6 months in, who is getting COVID-19 in King County? Here's a breakdown by race, age-350.83
Inslee extends pause indefinitely for Washington counties to move forward with phase reopening-7.546.28