Stars and Stripes Bias and Reliability Overview

Stars and Stripes is an independent newspaper published continuously since World War II. It reports on news important to the U.S. military community, including active-duty servicemembers, veterans, Department of Defense civilians, contractors, and their families. Founded in 1861, the publication is headquartered in Washington, D.C. A print edition is published Monday through Thursday, a Weekend Edition on Friday for Europe and the Pacific, and a separate Mideast edition Friday through Sunday. Several weekly newspapers and supplements also are published, with a combined readership of about 1 million. The website records more than 2 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Stars and Stripes 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 Stars and Stripes’ overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 49.30

Bias: 0.40

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 URLBiasReliability
Display of ‘thin blue line’ flag violated DOD policy, Ramstein Air Base says-1.3342.33
US forces leave Kandahar Airfield as drawdown continues in Afghanistan0.6745.67
Masks no longer required for fully vaccinated personnel at Defense Department facilities0.6744.67
60 planeloads of US military equipment leave Afghanistan as drawdown begins, CENTCOM says049.33
Military in Europe to receive coronavirus vaccines soon; Germany stands up vaccination centers048.67
Rockets fired onto Bagram Airfield; no casualties or damage reported049.33
Fort Hood’s top enlisted soldier suspended, investigation pending048.33
USS Ronald Reagan families gather on Facebook to welcome sailors home amid pandemic0.6747.67
High demand, limited supply: Exchange shoppers set their sights on the new Xbox, PlayStation048
Fort Bliss imposes more coronavirus safety measures, builds mobile hospital as cases continue to rise052
US military bases prepare for new rules as Italy decrees nighttime curfew049.33
Number of veterans serving in Congress could slightly decrease after election0.6748
Veteran died by suicide after not receiving needed care at Memphis VA, IG report says053
Half of Defense Department schools in US will start classes remotely-0.3350
WWII warbirds arrive in Hawaii for historic flyovers to commemorate end of war 75 years ago1.3353.67
Army garrison commander near Tokyo calls out soldiers for partying in off-limits areas0.8351.5
One Marine dead, two injured and eight others are missing after training accident off California coast2.553.5
A farewell to armor: Marine Corps shuts down tank units, hauls away M1A1s145.67
What will it take to move 12,000 troops from Germany? Closures, time and lots of money151.67
Major US military units to leave Germany as part of large drawdown to begin within weeks, Esper says0.3353.67
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