SFGate Bias and Reliability Overview

SFGate is a news website that has focused on coverage of San Francisco and the Bay Area in California since 1994. It is a sister website of the daily newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, part of the Hearst Communications family. SFGate won a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 2010. The website records more than 30 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates SFGate 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 SFGate’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 47.11

Bias: -2.12

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
Photos show U.S. Capitol building ransacked after violent siege-3.6746.77
3 arrested after missing California girl found hiding under trapdoor049.72
San Franciscans report robocalls instructing residents to 'stay home'-2.6747.06
What do the election results mean for Bay Area and Calif. kids and schools?-4.3347.73
Measure RR charges ahead, keeps Caltrain running047.04
Some California House races remain close as Nunes pulls ahead of Arballo046.71
Outrageous spending pays off in Calif.'s pricey proposition races-539.44
Plague-bearing fleas spark closures at popular Lake Tahoe sites054.13
Massive Bay Area wildfires now visible from space-0.6753.01
The 2020 San Francisco exodus is real, and historic, report shows0.6746.63
'Stay out of Tahoe': Angry residents plan on fighting back against tourists 'trashing' the region-448.11
Trader Joe's says product labels targeted by petition aren't racist-4.3344.92
Steve Kerr says he regrets past China comments, should have backed Daryl Morey-1.3336.55
Updates: 'We are in a major surge of COVID-19,' SF health officer says-447.39
COVID patient didn't recognize body after double transplant-2.551.41