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Truthout Bias and Reliability Overview

Truthout is a nonprofit news organization that focuses on social justice issues. It lists its principles as “accuracy, transparency, and independence from the influence of corporate and political forces.” Launched in 2001, it is headquartered in Sacramento, California. The Truthout website records approximately 1.9 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Truthout 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 Truthout’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 29.52

Bias: -20.00

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
Investigating Trump Is “Absolutely” a Possibility, Says Jan 6 Commission Chair-13.6739.67
Trump Org CFO Weisselberg, Facing Tax Evasion Crimes, Surrenders to Authorities-6.3342.5
Trump Charged the Secret Service More Than $40,000 “Rent” Since Leaving Office-14.3333
Homeland Security Tells ICE to Cut Ties With Jail That Sicced Dogs on Migrants-1239
GOP Wants Volunteering at the Polls to Come With Risk of Jail Time or Huge Fines-1337
COVID “Vaccine Billionaires” Strike It Rich as Poor Nations Struggle for Access-13.3342.33
Progressives Can’t Ignore Role of Christian Zionism in Colonization of Palestine-2326.25
Biden Picks Warren Ally to Oversee Student Aid, Signaling Shift on Student Debt-1044.67
Amazon’s Anti-Union Bullying Shows Why We Need the PRO Act-13.3340.33
White House Officially Endorses “Long Overdue” DC Statehood-14.3339.67
Twitter Forces Ann Coulter to Delete Tweet Praising Kyle Rittenhouse-1640
GOP Proposes Letting Fossil Fuel Firms Sue Sick Workers Seeking Compensation-15.8335
“Israeli Settlers Make a Living Out of Our Suffering,” Says Palestinian Activist-1727.67
BLM Activist Cori Bush Ousts Incumbent Democrat in Missouri Primary Election-13.6743.33
Poll: Most Americans Believe Mail-In Voting Should Be Allowed in 2020 Elections-11.3347.33
Lawmakers Question Legality of Trump Accepting GOP Nomination From White House-8.3348.33
Portland’s Wall of Moms Joined by Dads With Leaf Blowers Against Trump’s Police-16.1135.67
A Dangerous Hate Campaign Is Ramping Up Against Ilhan Omar-19.534.5
Ocasio-Cortez Is Winning the Battle Against GOP Sexists-23.3323
Will Decentralization of Neo-Nazism Spur More Right-Wing Terrorism?-21.536
Establishment Democrats Are Undermining Medicare for All-2834
“Lords of Chaos” Brings a White Nationalist’s Book to the Big Screen-21.2523.5
Republicans Who Voted Against Trump Are Not “Heroes”-19.3321
Trump Budget Ends Medicaid Expansion, Axes Affordable Housing Programs-25.3330.33
Say Goodbye to Mitch McConnell’s America-38.2514
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