Connors News Media Report Card - September 2022
Our latest report card evaluates the trustworthiness of over 100 outlets.
by CONNORS FORUM
Here at the Connors Forum we believe it is very important to maintain a healthy news diet that gives you a reliable account of the news of the day with limited bias.
In order to help people determine which sources they might rely on, we aim to release an updated news media report card at least twice per year to make sure our evaluation reflects the current state of these news outlets.
Below is the Connors News Media Report Card as of September 2022. Scroll past the report card if you wish to read about our methodology.
The content published by the outlets above has been recently scrutinized by independent analysts using rigorous, objective, and rule-based methodologies. These analyses determined the content to contain limited bias and to score highly on measures of quality and reliability.
Here is our rubric for classifying news and information outlets as trustworthy. We disqualify a source from receiving our trustworthy classification if it falls short in any of the following areas:
All outlets must receive high scores from NewsGuard on all five of their credibility measures:
Not publishing false content
Demonstrating responsible news gathering/presentation
Demonstrating responsible news/opinion differentiation
Avoiding deceptive headlines
Outlets cannot fall outside of Ad Fontes Media’s most reliable zone.
Outlets cannot receive less than a high quality rating from The Factual.
Outlets cannot be rated as hyperpartisan by either Ad Fontes Media or AllSides.
We consider using all four of these ratings tools in conjunction to be akin to a “Swiss cheese defense.” While it is possible that one of these organizations could make a mistake in their analysis of a particular news outlet, it is highly unlikely that all four would give an unreliable outlet high marks.
Updated September 19 and 20 to fix the Houston Chronicle’s classification (now accurately labeled as trustworthy) and to add more sources to the report card.
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