Is PBS a reliable source?
This is how independent third parties assess the credibility and media bias of this source.
PBS scores a total of 57 Plus Points and 7 Minus Points in our evaluation of journalistic quality.
This corresponds to a score of 84* resp. the grade A (very good).
*: (57 + 5 BP) * 100 / (57 + 5 BP + 7 + 5 BP)
The breakdown of the points follows below.
This corresponds to a score of 84* resp. the grade A (very good).
|very good||A+||> 89|
|A||89 - 84|
|A-||83 - 79|
|good||B+||78 - 74|
|B||73 - 69|
|B-||68 - 63|
|satisfactory||C+||62 - 58|
|C||57 - 53|
|C-||52 - 47|
|sufficient||D+||46 - 44|
|D||43 - 40|
|D-||39 - 37|
|poor||E+||36 - 33|
|E||32 - 30|
|E-||29 - 26|
The breakdown of the points follows below.
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Journalism Awards21 +
Journalism prizes are awards for excellent journalistic work in the period covered by the call for entries, which is usually one or two years. Sources receive one plus point for each journalistic award won that we track. We currently track up to three prestigious awards per country.
- "Institutional Award for the live music performance program"
- "Independent Lens: Summer Pasture"
- "Best Kept Secret"
- "Independent Lens, for Trapped"
- ""Inside Putin's Russia", a series of reports on the impact of Russia under the rule of Vladimir Putin"
- "Award for a report about plastic pollution and its effects on Earth's ecosystem"
- "Inventing Tomorrow"
- "Award for its coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular for the reports "Global Pandemic" and "Making Sense: The Victims of the COVID Economy""
- "Award for Lisa Desjardins's live on-the-scene reporting of the 2021 United States Capitol attack"
- "WGBH, Frontline & Najibullah Quraishi for "Behind Taliban Lines""
- "WGBH-TV, Boston, "NOVA: Japan's Killer Quake" (Richard Burke-Ward, Robert Strange, producers)"
- "WGBH, Kartemquin Films, Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz, for "FRONTLINE: The Interrupters"
- "U. C. Berkeley IRP, CIR, FRONTLINE & UNIVISION, "Rape in the Fields/Violación de un Sueño""
- "WGBH-TV, Boston, FRONTLINE: Syria's Second Front"
- "WETA-TV, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies"
- "NOVA and WGBH-TV, Mystery Beneath the Ice"
- "Frontline - PBS, Exodus"
- "Reveal, PRX, PBS NewsHour, Associated Press, Kept Out"
- "POV & American Documentary, Inc., The Apology"
- "Upper East Films and Independent Lens, PBS, Bedlam"
- "NPR, Planet Money, and Frontline, Waste Land (Laura Sullivan, correspondent)"
Media Bias/Fact Check17 +, 3 -
Media Bias/Fact Check (MBFC) is an American fact-checking website founded in 2015. It uses a 0-10 scale to rate sites on two areas: bias and factual accuracy. A source rated by MBFC with minimal bias gets 10 plus points. Maximum bias gets 10 minus points. The same principle applies to factual accuracy.
Ad Fontes Media17 +, 3 -
Ad Fontes Media, Inc. is a media watchdog organization based in Colorado that is best known for its Media Bias Chart, which ranks media sources based on political bias and reliability. We combine their ratings of individual articles and episodes to create a weighted average, with low-rated items increasingly weighted higher.
- "Very high"
Reliability (Weighted Average)
- "Low Bias"
Bias (Weighted Average)
Wikipedia's reliability was often criticized in the 2000s but has improved over time; in the late 2010s and early 2020s, it was universally praised. Any positive mention of a source in the extract of a Wikipedia page in terms of credibility and quality gets a plus point, and vice versa.
- "PBS is a publicly funded nonprofit organization and the most prominent provider of educational programming to public television stations in the United States,"
"The Public Broadcasting Service is an American public broadcaster and non-commercial,"
- "Der Public Broadcasting Service ist eine nichtkommerzielle TV-Senderkette in den USA."
Fact Checkers1 -
We primarily use fact-checkers affiliated with the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN). We have linked to the International Fact-Checking Network fact-checkers' code of principles in the headline. For each failed fact-checker there is one minus point.
Press Council Rulings
Press councils are national institutions of media self-regulation. Press councils have their own defined press code. Reprimands are issued in the event of a violation of the press code (e.g. for truthfulness, diligence, sensationalism, separation of advertising and editorial, personal rights). For each reprimand issued by a national press council, a source receives one minus point.
- There have been no press council rulings against the source to date.
Most scientific publications, though not all, rely on some form of peer review or editorial review to qualify texts for publication. Sources mentioned in studies which rate media quality and/or reliability receive between 10 plus and 10 minus points.
- There are no evaluations of studies available to date.
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