ThinkProgress Bias and Reliability Overview

ThinkProgress was a progressive news website owned by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a public policy research organization. The site was launched in 2005 and recorded more than 7 million visitors per month in June 2019. Following financial losses, the site closed down in September 2019. Ad Fontes Media rates ThinkProgress in the hyper-partisan left category 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 ThinkProgress’ overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 34.20

Bias: -19.82

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
U.S.-China trade deal is nearly here. What we know so far shows Trump is the biggest winner.-14.540.71
Decoding the far right’s language about Notre Dame and ‘western civilization’-19.7532.09
Maine’s Green New Deal bill first in country to be backed by labor unions-1634.48
Activists vow to fight back as Tennessee lawmakers attempt to criminalize some voter registration-1242.67
Trump’s disaster relief prioritizes ‘Western civilization’ over U.S. people of color-17.546.14
The Supreme Court is about to kick America’s democratic death spiral into overdrive-21.3333.51
Trump proposal to cap student loans would deepen inequality in higher ed-13.7542.55
‘Tropical Trump’ is harnessing racism to destroy the Amazon-17.6732.9
The Pentagon can’t explain where $2.5 billion in border wall funding is coming from-1345.06
The worst-case scenario for global warming just got 14°F worse-2221.65
Here’s what the Democrats’ new Medicare for All bill would do-2843.66
GOP congressman appears to threaten Michael Cohen before his congressional testimony-18.539.98
Ivanka Trump, who receives millions for existing, says Americans don’t want guaranteed living wage-26.526.92