The American Conservative Bias and Reliability Overview

The American Conservative is a magazine co-founded by political commentator Pat Buchanan that proclaims to oppose “unchecked power in government and business.” Founded in 2002, the print magazine is published bi-monthly and circulates to about 5,000 readers. The website records more than 2 million visits monthly. The American Conservative is published by the non-profit American Ideas Institute and is based in Washington, D.C. Ad Fontes Media rates The American Conservative in the skews right 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 The American Conservative’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 32.58

Bias: 13.66

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
Lab Leak And Media Narrative13.3334
Foundations Are Setting the Transgender Agenda and Targeting Children15.6732
After Voting for 16, ‘They’ll None of Them Be Missed’1232
American Hegemony, Now and in the Future835.67
Hollywood’s Other Foreign Censor: Saudi Arabia8.6733.67
Symbols and Words from the Pope in Iraq1.6738.33
Another Opinion Columnist Pushing War With Iran Who Doesn’t Actually Exist-440
Time to Ditch the Global Bureaucracies17.3333.67
Biden Needs to End ‘Maximum Pressure’ in Yemen and Beyond-9.3338.67
Why National Greatness Matters837.33
Our Dystopian Future334
Here Come The Soft Totalitarians17.3330.33
Salvaging the Nuclear Deal Before It Is Too Late-1.3342
The City Planner’s Guide to Tragedies and Trade-Offs3.3339.33
The Cool Kids Are Back in Town!1527.67
Don’t Let the Riots Legitimize Facial Recognition Tech836.33
Whatever Happened to the Populist Left?12.3334.33
The Democrats’ Riots18.3329.67
There’s a Word for the Way Chicago is Run: Stupidity1538
Despite Military Resistance, Our Footprint in Iraq is Finally Shrinking1.6740
Conservatives Must Return To Metaphysics14.6739.33
Trump Needs More than ‘Meme Magic’ To Win2231.67
DNC Delegates: Biden Team ‘A Horror Show’ of ‘Disastrous’ Foreign Interventionism15.3337
As the Dark Night Rises2331.33
Why Blockading Would Have Been Better Than Bombing Japan134