Axios Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates Axios in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Axios is a news website launched in 2017 by three journalists who believed a transformation was needed in online media. The motto of Axios is “Axios gets you smarter, faster on what matters.” Information is presented in very brief news articles on subjects such as technology, science, health, environment, politics and sports. Its website logs approximately 11 million visits per month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 44.27

Bias: -4.25

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
Trump talks with white nationalist Nick Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago dinner -5 44
Possible interference from Beijing looms over elections 0 45.33
Suspect in Paul Pelosi attack was in U.S. illegally, DHS says 0 47.33
Supreme Court rejects second request to block Biden's student loan plan 0 43.67
Jury orders Alex Jones to pay nearly $1 billion in Sandy Hook defamation trial -2 45.67
Hurricane Fiona to wallop Canada as one of its strongest storms on record 0 42.67
Trump Mar-a-Largo review special master appointed, judge denies DOJ request -5 44
California's worst-ever September heat wave tests power grid -1 45.67
Biden cancels up to $20K in student loans for Pell Grant recipients, $10K for millions of others -6.67 46.33
CDC admits it failed to meet expectations in COVID response 0.33 44.67
China warns Israel not to let U.S. pressure hurt relations 0 46.33
Traffic accidents killed over 9,000 people in the first quarter 0 46.33
DOJ charges man for threatening Arizona election official -2 46
Pence says he would "consider" testifying before Jan. 6 panel 4.33 43.67
Exclusive: See the Trump toilet photos that he denies ever existed -20.67 26
David Hogg escorted out of House meeting on assault weapons ban -4 43.33
Schumer-Manchin deal gives new life to climate legislation -9 41
What Americans are searching after Roe v. Wade reversal -5.33 41.33
AG Merrick Garland says states can't ban FDA-approved abortion pills -1.67 45.33
Texas Gov. excludes gun control from special session on school shootings -2.67 47.67
The GOP’s midterm messaging is getting angrier -4.67 41.67
John Fetterman wins Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary 0 43.67
Latest on Roe v. Wade and abortion access 0 43
Senate Republicans on edge over potential Barnette win -1.33 43
Trump-endorsed Ted Budd wins N.C. GOP Senate primary 0 43.33


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