Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues

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Ad Fontes Media rates The American Prospect in the Skews Left category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. The American Prospect is a print and online publication “promoting informed discussion on public policy from a progressive perspective.” Founded in 1990, the nonprofit corporation is based in Washington, D.C. The print magazine is published every other month, with 10,000 subscribers. The website records 477,000 approximately visits per month.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for The American Prospect according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 35.09

Bias: -15.68

Panels of analysts from Ad Fontes Media regularly review representative sample content to rate it for reliability and bias. Each panel of analysts comprises one left-leaning, one right-leaning, and one center-leaning analyst.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating content. To determine its reliability score, we consider the content’s veracity, expression, its title/headline, and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the sample content’s overall reliability score.

To determine sample content’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position, and how it compares to other reporting or analysis from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the content’s overall bias score.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to middle 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.

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 40 are generally good; scores below 24 are generally problematic. Scores between 24-40 indicate a range of possibilities, with some sources falling there because they are heavy in opinion and analysis, and some because they have a high variation in reliability between articles.

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 minimally biased, equally balanced, or exhibiting a centrist bias.

Individual Content Sample Scores

These are the most recent content samples that Ad Fontes Media analysts have rated for this source.

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Why the Usual Suspects Can’t Save the Planet-14.6734
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The One Union Biden Has Not Supported-8.6745.67
First 100: Senate Democrats Agree to Defuse the Unemployment Tax Time Bomb-14.6736
H.R. 1: The Path to Democracy in America-12.6735.67
Trump Holdovers Still Dot U.S. Attorneys Offices-17.6732
What’s Up With Twitter’s Content Moderation Policies?-1634.67
Altercation: A Times Scoop: Republicans Don’t ‘Advance Working People’s Economic Interests’-2129.33
The GameStop Mess Exposes the Naked Short Selling Scam-1040
The Quiet Winner of the Texas Energy Crisis-1239.67
Deportation as Usual as Biden Struggles to Reshape Immigration Policy-1839.33
Altercation: When the Right Cancels It, It Ain’t Cancel Culture-1716.33
How (Some) State Stimulus Packages Are Including Immigrants-1044.67
First 100: Exempting the Unemployed from Surprise Tax Bills-13.3336
In Myanmar, a Young Democracy Comes to an Abrupt End-5.6742.67
First 100: Democrats Should Keep Doing Popular Things, A Continuing Series-1340.4
Kyrsten Sinema Pressure Campaign Goes Up in Arizona-2040.33
The Long and Winding Road to Replacing the Gas Tax0.6740
Warehouse Workers Wage Historic Fight for Union Recognition at Amazon-9.6244.25
First 100: The Senate Filibuster Is Actively Harming COVID Relief Policy-3.6738.33