American Thinker Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Hyper-Partisan Right

Reliability: Unreliable, Misleading


Ad Fontes Media rates American Thinker in the Hyper-Partisan Right category of bias and as Unreliable, Misleading in terms of reliability. American Thinker is a conservative daily online magazine that focuses on American politics, foreign policy, national security, Israel, economics, diplomacy, culture and military strategy. Founded in 2003 by Thomas Lifson, the publication lists “the right to exist and the survival of the State of Israel” as important to its values.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 13.67

Bias: 24.85

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
Yellow star? Biden plans to specially label goods produced by Jewish settlements in West Bank 17.33 21
America at the Crossroads: A Free Republic or a Police State? 18 27
Towards the Dictatorship of Psychopaths 28 17
An Old Man Looks at America 26.67 20.33
The Seven Dirty Secrets of Solar Energy 5.33 26.33
With The Barbarians In The Gates, We May Need Our Own Barbarians 23.33 12.33
They Fear You 22 15
Governor Gavin Newsom, These California Law Enforcement Leaders are Calling You Out 22.67 15.33
Smart Senate Candidates Are Building Their Own Databases 21 12.67
Can you convict a ham sandwich? 22 13.33
COVID Did Not Panic Chiropractors. Why Not? 0 23.67
There Is A Time-Honored Way To Help Ukraine Quickly Defeat Russia 0 33
Guarantee Ukraine’s Neutrality and Stop the Senseless Carnage 0 30.33
How 'Social Justice' is Killing the Military 19 24.33
Putin the War Criminal must be Punished -1.67 35.67
Putin is Playing Biden like a Fiddle 23 15
Sanctions Don’t Threaten Only the Enemy 18.67 25.33
The Democrats Are Turning America into the New Venezuela 23.67 19
Vindman and the rest of the Trump-hating Ukraine cabal have much to answer for 26 12.33
Kamala Harris train wreck continues, this time on Russia-Ukraine 24.67 16.67
FDA Duplicity on Covid-19 Vaccines 27.67 4
Tony school in DC forces five-year-olds to parade around chanting 'Black Lives Matter' for the cameras 20.67 19
The Inconvenient Truth About Electric Vehicles 18.67 25
Woke Hiring by Airlines is A Scary Business 15.67 25.33
Oh, the words that come to mind from the 'mean construction Obama' photo 23 16.33