USA Today Bias and Reliability Overview

USA Today is an international media organization with headquarters in McLean, Virginia, and Geneva, Switzerland. The flagship of Gannett Co., Inc., the USA Today print edition reaches more than 700,000 worldwide, with more than half a million digital subscribers. USA Today has won 93 Pultizer Prizes and many other journalism accolades. Ad Fontes Media rates USA Today 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 USA Today’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 45.68

Bias: -4.92

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
Is Donald Trump a declining parody or a terrifying threat? Mastio & Lawrence on CPAC 2021-11.3332.33
Fact check: National Guard members remained armed during inauguration-0.6748
'This is America's day': Biden inaugurated as 46th president, Harris sworn in as vice president-3.3349.67
'No regrets': Evangelicals and other faith leaders still support Trump after deadly US Capitol attack-348
Invoke the 25th Amendment: Donald Trump forfeited his moral authority to stay in office-636.33
'A colossal failure': How were pro-Trump rioters able to breach Capitol security?-4.3340
Democrats are now unlikely to win a majority in the Senate: Here's where things stand0.1750.17
Debate, shoutout to Proud Boys, sets stage for more dangerous policing-1831
Why ranked choice voting will improve American elections: Yang, Weld036
Janice Dean: COVID-19 killed my in-laws after Cuomo's reckless New York nursing home policy8.6730.33
Additional 787,000 workers seek unemployment as layoffs continue amid COVID-19 crisis-248.67
Trump coronavirus: Dow ends slightly lower after a whiplash day when president tests positive for COVID-19050.33
Donald Trump, Seven Springs and his $21 million tax deduction draw scrutiny-6.6745.67
1,600 former Justice Department lawyers accuse Barr of using DOJ to help Trump in election-8.6748
Coronavirus live updates: Court ruling jeopardizes Michigan restrictions; Trump tests positive for COVID-19, arrives at hospital-0.5750.14
Sensitive to scents? Here's how to protect yourself while traveling during COVID-19045.67
Medicare open enrollment begins Oct. 15: Here's what you need to know-4.3347.67
Chrissy Teigen, John Legend suffer pregnancy loss: 'On this darkest of days, we will grieve'-0.3350.67
'False alarm': Cruise crew who tested positive for COVID-19 in Greece got 3 more tests, all negative-251
Texas deputies, including those who killed Javier Ambler, reportedly got steakhouse gift cards for using force-1040.67
Fact check: No evidence Biden wore wire at Ohio debate-449.17
'I could never have envisioned this': At least 35 dead as nearly 100 wildfires continue to rage across 12 Western states-3.247
Listen to science, my fellow Democrats: Diversity training does not cure bias and racism-540
Experts held 'war games' on the Trump vs. Biden election. Their finding? Brace for a mess-14.3335
Coronavirus updates: Los Angeles County tops 200K cases; Arizona prison outbreak spurs backlash; Georgia boy, 7, is state's youngest victim0.3349.33