Snopes Bias and Reliability Overview

Snopes is an online fact-checking source. Started in 1994, it began by investigating urban legends and folklore, and it now researches common social and political facts. Snopes is an independent publication owned by Snopes Media Group. The website records approximately 25.5 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Snopes in the middle category 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 Snopes’ overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 46.96

Bias: -0.78

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
Did Amazon Wait To Help Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine?-546.56
Did a Conservative News Site Admit Its Voter-Fraud Claims Were False?050.98
Are the Trumps Looting the White House?050.98
Did Marine Corps Tell Pelosi, ‘We Don’t Work For You’?051.32
Was an ‘Anti-Antifa’ Shirt Worn at US Capitol Riot?046.46
Did Members of Congress Give 'Reconnaissance Tours' Before Capitol Riots?-0.3346.7
Did Trump Say 'We Love You' to Capitol Rioters?-3.6749.14
Was 2020 a ‘Typical Year’ for US Deaths Despite COVID-19?047.3
Will Red or Blue Masks Be Required By ‘National Mask Code’?047.96
Is Taco Bell Going Out of Business and Closing Its Doors?046.33
Did a Woman Get Fired After Donating a Kidney on Her Boss’ Behalf?044.99
Did Second COVID-19 Stimulus Include Foreign Aid?-245.35
Did AT&T Have a Contract to Audit Dominion Voting Systems?-0.6746.34
Did a Kentucky Man Clear Driveway of Snow Using a Flamethrower?044.66
Here’s How Every Senator and Congress Member Has Responded to Biden’s Victory-3.3347.04
Did a Dominion Voting Systems Employee Brag About Rigging the Election Against Trump?-143.72
Did Supreme Court Erupt in a Shouting Match Over Texas Voter Fraud Case?-1.3346.72
Does AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine Contain Aborted Fetal Cells?-1.6746.72
No, mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not ‘Alter Your DNA’-3.6745.37
Did Pope Francis’ Instagram Account ‘Like’ a Racy Photo?040.58
Is a Testicular Blow Exponentially More Painful Than Childbirth?143.25
Are Clorox Wipes and Toilet Paper Sold Out Again?040.91
Are These Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Images Real?049.51
Did Senator Richard Blumenthal Misrepresent His Military Service?0.6747.84
Were Canadians Warned Not to Let Moose Lick Their Cars?049.51