Sputnik International News Bias and Reliability Overview

Sputnik International News is a global news organization based in Moscow, Russia. It has offices in Washington, D.C.; Beijing, China; Berlin, Germany; Cairo, Egypt; London, England; and Edinburgh, Scotland. Coverage focuses on political and economic news, and information is published in more than 30 languages. Sputnik shares content via a newswire service, website and radio. The website records more than 66 million visits per month. Sputnik News was founded in 2014 by the Russian media group Rossiya Segodnya, which is owned and operated by the Russian government. The website records 66.8 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Sputnik International News as skews right in terms 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 Sputnik International News’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 35.70

Bias: 14.17

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
Putin: Trump's Stamina, Optimism Will Help Him Defeat COVID-19044.37
Nancy Pelosi 'Owes America an Apology', Owner of Salon Illicitly Visited by House Speaker Says22.3322.96
Trump Will Be 'Stacking Sandbags' Around White House in His Fight for Re-Election, Bill Clinton Says23.522.24
Melania Trump Comments For the First Time on Tell-All Book About FLOTUS-129.05
They’re Off! US Presidential Election Begins As Ballots Sent Out To First Voters In North Carolina446.18
Trump Boasts Of Falling US Unemployment – But Democrats Say It’s ‘Nothing To Brag About’546.19
Unnamed Lawyer Claims Trump Touched Her Breast Two Months After Melania Gave Birth to Son529.19
Why Trump-Biden Polls Shouldn't be Seen as Predictors for 2020 Presidential Vote Outcome7.6740.49
Palau Provides Pentagon With Green Light for US Military Base Construction245.38
Two US Citizens Charged With Attempting to Provide Material Support to Hamas - DoJ-0.3343.07
Pentagon Chief Defends Trump Over Claims He Insulted War Veterans7.3344.25
China Has Largest Program to Interfere in US Presidential Election, White House Adviser Says13.6735.4
US Hands French Authorities Fugitive Wanted on Fraud Charges-0.3347.4
Trump Claims China Has 'Far More Deaths' From COVID-19 Than US-5.6739.87
US Media Claims President Trump Called Dead American Soldiers 'Losers' in 2018-1.6733.86
Protester Suspected in Portland Shooting Killed by Officers During Arrest, Reports Suggest330.81
Portland Mayor Slams Trump's ‘Politics of Division, Demagoguery’, Rejects Federal Aid Amid Riots-3.6745.97
Two US Special Op Soldiers Dead, Three Injured in Helicopter Drill Crash, Report Claims054.79
US Sanctions Russian Defence Ministry Research Institute That Worked on COVID-19 Vaccine041.5
Japan's Prime Minister Abe Set to Resign150.7
US National Security Council Official Confirms Collision Between American, Russian Forces in Syria641.55
Four US Troops Injured After Alleged Altercation With Russians in Syria, Reports Say-2.539.07
Trump Vows to 'Go In and Take Care' of Portland if Mayor Wheeler 'Doesn't Get Control' of City17.6726.07
'Black Panther' Star Chadwick Boseman Dies at 43041.25
Boris’s Barmy Ideas Need Dropping!30.524.69
Best Friend of US Ambassador Mistaken for Kremlin Stooge12.3328.84
‘Time Crunch’: Bereft of Federal Plan, States Band Together to Quicken COVID-19 Test Returns239.59
‘Coup-Plotters for Hire’: Unearthed USAID Nicaragua Regime Change Doc Puts 2018 Protests in Context325.14
Photos: China Tests ‘Carrier Killer’ Ballistic Missile as US Fires Off Minuteman III ICBM-1.634.21
Pompeo: US Wants 'Untrusted' Chinese Apps Barred, Seeks to Extend Arms Embargo Against Iran3.8645.4
Facebook Removes Video Post From Trump Over COVID-19 Misinformation-5.3340.12
‘How Can You Say Accident?’: Trump Reiterates Possibility That Beirut Blast Was an ‘Attack’-0.541.24