Capitol Weekly Bias and Reliability Overview

Capitol Weekly is a website that focuses on coverage of government and politics in California. It is a publication of Open California, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “inform, enlighten and educate Californians about public policy and state governance.” In addition to daily news, Capitol Weekly publishes a podcast and video interviews, as well as sponsoring events. Capitol Weekly, based in Sacramento, California, was founded in 1988. Ad Fontes Media rates Capitol Weekly in the middle category of bias and as mixed reliability 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 Capitol Weekly’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 38.91

Bias: -2.40

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
Pensions for local public safety employees are skyrocketing - Capitol Weekly537.67
Scant COVID testing for CA's arrested children - Capitol Weekly-5.6744.33
Needed: educational training in civic engagement - Capitol Weekly-7.6735
Capitol annex project: A textbook example of a boondoggle - Capitol Weekly8.6735
Keep the safeguards in California's 'End-of-Life' law - Capitol Weekly-1034.67
Affordable housing crisis haunts the middle class, too - Capitol Weekly1.3338
Gov's plan: 'Rebate' and 'sharing the wealth' are deeply misleading - Capitol Weekly2.6737.67
Newsom recall challenged in California appeals court - Capitol Weekly045.67
Battered, California GOP struggles to maintain toehold - Capitol Weekly338
Tangled tale: Research, profits and the 'bubble baby' syndrome - Capitol Weekly-1.6746.67
Recipient of $22 million from stem cell agency named to its board - Capitol Weekly-2.3345.67
Beer battle brewing over distribution - Capitol Weekly1.3341
Reopen our schools, start COVID testing now - Capitol Weekly-0.3330.67
CA's 2022 mid-term elections may bring surprises to Democrats - Capitol Weekly-2.6738
Poll: Feinstein's job approval ratings remain underwater - Capitol Weekly-7.3335.67