Bias: Hyper-Partisan Right

Reliability: Unreliable, Problematic

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Ad Fontes Media rates The American Spectator in the Hyper-Partisan Right category of bias and as Unreliable, Problematic in terms of reliability. 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.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 20.57

Bias: 22.84

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.

Content Sample URL Bias Reliability
Why Didn’t South Korea’s President Meet With Nancy Pelosi? - The American Spectator10.6733.33
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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