Cato Institute Bias and Reliability Overview

Cato Institute is a libertarian public policy research organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded as the Charles Koch Foundation in 1974 in Wichita, Kansas, the think tank proclaims to be “dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace.” The name “Cato” comes from Cato’s Letters, essays that fought again excessive government power published in 18th-century England. The Institute publishes policy studies, journals and books, and the website records approximately 878,000 visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Cato Institute in the skews right category of bias and as most reliable 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 Cato Institute’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 41.17

Bias: 6.20

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
President Biden and Labor Unions1231.33
If the Government Prohibits Bump Stocks, Do They Need to Compensate Owners?4.3342.33
Cultivating a Politics of Restraint039.33
DOL Wage Rule Affects All Major Employers, 70% of H-1B Requests, After DOL Said Few Should Be Affected248
Biden, Section 230, and the Response to Political Extremism2.6745.67
Algorithmic Bias Under the Biden Administration2.6746.67
GameStop, Payments for Order Flow, and High Frequency Trading144.67
The House Could Vote on These 10 Immigration Bills in March146
At‐​Home Self‐​Administered COVID Tests Without a Prescription May Finally Be Available–It Didn’t Have to Take This Long241.67
1918: When the Feds Controlled the Conversation On A Pandemic1034.33
Modi Should Hold Firm against Farmers4.3335.33
Canada Designates “Proud Boys” Terrorists. Will Antifa Be Next?933.33
Few Immigrants Among Capitol Insurrectionists-637.33
Who Are “The People”?-2.6738.67
Marijuana Licensing Corruption0.3343
Biden Tells the State Department to Launch Private Refugee Sponsorship544.33
How Many Lives Will We Save by Choosing Our Own Vaccination Programme, Not the EU’s? Let’s Start at Nine Thousand.745.67
Antidumping, China and “Deindustrialization”943.33