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Talking Points Memo Bias and Reliability Overview

Talking Points Memo is a news and opinion website launched in 2000 by journalist and blogger Josh Marshall. It features articles about politics and public policy, with a focus on abuses of power. Talking Points Memo is headquartered in New York City, with a bureau in Washington, D.C. The website records more than 7.5 million visits each month. Ad Fontes Media rates Talking Points Memo in the skews left 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 Talking Points Memo’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 42.25

Bias: -9.72

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
A Series Of Cuomesses: New York Guv’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week042
DOJ: Hundreds Of Capitol Insurrection Cases Opened, Months Of Investigation Ahead-2.6743.67
Michigan Police Brace For Potential State Capitol Riots048.33
Pence Finally Called Harris To Offer Congratulations And Help With Transition-5.3344.67
Boebert Offers ‘Thousand Apologies’ After Assuming Dem Accused Her Of Aiding Rioters-3.6745.33
Beyond Trump’s Dismal Approval Rating, Polls Show Some Troubling Republican Trends-6.6742
MSNBC Anchor Pulls Plug On Trump Camp Adviser After Stoking Biden Earpiece Conspiracy-1235
Texas Guv Sued For Move To Severely Limit Mail Ballot Drop-Off Locations-348.33
Trump Tries To Publicly Undermine Own FBI Director’s Findings On Russian Meddling-11.3333
Walkback For The Ages: Graham Ditches McConnell Rule He Promised To Apply Evenly-12.6743
Where Things Stand: Trump Touts ‘Succes’ In Kenosha-645.33
Top General Promises An ‘Apolitical’ Military That Will Stay Out Of Electoral Disputes-4.3352.33
The Crowded, COVID-Friendly WH RNC Was, Apparently, No Mistake-1036.33
‘Highly Inflammatory’ Posts From We Build The Wall Founder Could Taint Jury Pool, Feds Say-12.3334.33
This Is What It Looks Like: Trump Leverages Fight Against COVID For His Reelection-16.3331
‘He Can’t Do That’: Pelosi Blasts Trump For Suggesting He’ll Accept GOP Nom At WH-10.941.9
As The Trump Admin Prepares For A COVID Vaccine, It’s Reinventing The Wheel-13.3343.67
WH Takes Hard Line, Claiming Self-Imposed Friday Deadline For Unemployment Deal-1.6742.33
Top GOPer Pours Cold Water On Trump’s WH Acceptance Speech Idea: ‘Is That Even Legal?’-939
Pompeo Brushes Off Inspector General Resignation In Speedy Presser: ‘This Happens’-936
WH Officials Having ‘Breakdown-Level Anxiety’ That Mueller Report Will Show They Ratted On Trump-11.2533.5
Tennessee’s GOP House Passes Bill Targeting Voter Registration Drives-2.548
NRA Sues Its Longtime Advertising Firm, Revealing Major Internal Dispute-14.3338.33
Jeanine Pirro’s Apparent Suspension Pulls Fox News In Two Directions-14.3344.67
Appeals Court Gives Hostile Treatment To Trump Emoluments Lawsuit-1.6746
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