The American Spectator Bias and Reliability Overview

The American Spectator is an online magazine focusing on news and politics. Founded in 1924 as a monthly print magazine, it has featured writings by authors such as Thomas Sowell and Tom Wolfe. The print product ceased publication in 2014, and the website records 1.6 million visits each month. Ad Fontes Media rates The American Spectator in the hyper-partisan right category of bias and as somewhat unreliable 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 Spectator’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 20.41

Bias: 23.07

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
The Party Against Parental Rights25.3319
Biden’s Door-Knocking Vaccine Strategy Draws Fire1427.67
The Glorious Death of American Legacy Media, and What Comes Next23.3322.67
The Left’s Independence Day Gift to Conservatives2129.33
New York’s Trumped-Up Tax Evasion Charges1328.33
There was no Hillsborough ‘cover-up’413.33
The Reformation and Its Discontents: Wokeism After George Floyd20.3326
Jan. 6 Commission Will Be DOA in Senate20.3321
The American Spectator26.6716.67
Biden Is Turning America Into the Land of the Freebie26.3319.67
The Left Will Not Let Go of COVID17.6727
Dr. Seuss, Mr. Potato Head, Miss Piggy, and Their Enemies18.6725.33
The truth about Pornhub040.67
Why Didn’t Kamala Harris Prosecute Abusive Priests?2228
The Trayvon Hoax: Are Young Blacks Weary of Being ‘Played’?23.6726
Why Not Cancel Karl Marx?2031.67
Questions for Dr. Fauci16.6726
Day Three of the Republican Convention: One Week of Honesty on TV Every Four Years2728.67
Will the Three Gorges Dam Collapse?4.8341.83
Emails Undermine Attacks on Hannity and Carlson22.6726
The Establishment Has No Clothes36.338.33
More Evidence That Trump’s Silent Majority Is Real24.1724.17
Who Is to Blame for the Death of Breonna Taylor?929.4
The Day of Reckoning Is at Hand30.2520.5
America’s Left and the Confiscation of Wealth15.3331