USA TODAY Fact Check

AllSides Media Bias Rating™: Lean Left
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The bias meter value for USA TODAY Fact Check is -1.00. -6 is the furthest "Left" value and 6 is the furthest "Right" value.
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Lean Left What does this mean?

How we determined this rating:

  • Editorial Review: Jul 2021
  • Community Feedback:   ratings
  • AllSides has medium confidence in this bias rating.

Unless otherwise noted, this bias rating refers only to online news coverage, not TV, print, or radio content.

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USA TODAY Fact Check
USA TODAY Fact Check
Bias Rating Lean Left
Type Fact Check
Region National
Website usatoday.com/news/factcheck
What a Lean Left Bias Rating Means

The source displays media bias in ways that moderately align with liberal, progressive, or left-wing thought and/or policy agendas.

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About USA TODAY Fact Check's Bias Rating

USA TODAY Fact Check is a fact check source with an AllSides Media Bias Rating™ of Lean Left.

What a "Lean Left" Rating Means

Sources with an AllSides Media Bias Rating of Lean Left display media bias in ways that moderately align with liberal, progressive, or left-wing thought and/or policy agendas. A Lean Left bias is a moderately liberal rating on the political spectrum.

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Bias Reviews

We use multiple methods to analyze sources. Learn how we rate media bias.

A July 2021 Small Group Editorial Review by AllSides editors on the left, center, and right found USA TODAY's fact-check section to have a Lean Left bias. 

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Community Feedback

Feedback does not determine ratings, but may trigger deeper review.

As of April 2024, people have voted on the AllSides Media Bias Rating for USA TODAY Fact Check. On average, those who disagree with our rating think this source has a Lean Left bias.

Confidence Level

Confidence is determined by how many reviews have been applied and consistency of data.

As of April 2024, AllSides has medium confidence in our Lean Left rating for USA TODAY Fact Check. An Editorial Review or Blind Bias Survey has affirmed this rating, or multiple reviews have returned differing results. If we perform more bias reviews and gather consistent data, this confidence level will increase.

Additional Information

USA TODAY’s fact check section aims "to correct and stop the spread of significant misinformation.”

Much of the fact-checking page is focused on viral social media posts or unfounded theories. However, some argue its story choice leans left because many of its political fact-checks focus on issues associated with the left, such as President Biden's speech viewership and coronavirus vaccine safety. However, it did refute a social media post criticizing former President Donald Trump's immigration policies. It also addressed a subjective interpretation about Venmo by adding more context about new transaction fees.

USA TODAY is a signatory of the code of principles from the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), created by Poynter

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