Bias: Hyper-Partisan Right

Reliability: Unreliable, Misleading

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Overview

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: 13.37

Bias: 25.11

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
COVID Did Not Panic Chiropractors. Why Not?023.67
There Is A Time-Honored Way To Help Ukraine Quickly Defeat Russia033
Guarantee Ukraine’s Neutrality and Stop the Senseless Carnage030.33
How 'Social Justice' is Killing the Military1924.33
Putin the War Criminal must be Punished-1.6735.67
Putin is Playing Biden like a Fiddle2315
Sanctions Don’t Threaten Only the Enemy18.6725.33
The Democrats Are Turning America into the New Venezuela23.6719
Vindman and the rest of the Trump-hating Ukraine cabal have much to answer for2612.33
Kamala Harris train wreck continues, this time on Russia-Ukraine24.6716.67
FDA Duplicity on Covid-19 Vaccines27.674
Tony school in DC forces five-year-olds to parade around chanting 'Black Lives Matter' for the cameras20.6719
The Inconvenient Truth About Electric Vehicles18.6725
Woke Hiring by Airlines is A Scary Business15.6725.33
Oh, the words that come to mind from the 'mean construction Obama' photo2316.33
Why is the New York Times suing for access to State Department correspondence on Hunter Biden and Romania?26.677.33
Why Ivermectin was Disappeared29.335
Has the US Government Declared War on Its Citizens?326
Rush Limbaugh's Lesson for Joe Rogan24.3324.33
The Problem with Mandates29.339.67
The Democrats Make Their Own Racism Explicit24.6718.67
Israel: A Profile in Vaccine failure and a Warning to the World28.675.33
Wokeism Contains the Seeds of Its Own Destruction21.6721
The Most Impressive Communist-Crusher You've Never Heard Of20.6725.67
'As the Dust Settles': Joe Biden Comes to Pittsburgh20.6721