Ad Fontes Media rates Foreign Affairs in the Skews Left category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Foreign Affairs is a magazine published since 1922 by the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonprofit organization and think tank. Content focuses on U.S. foreign policy and international affairs, and it is distributed in print, online, via newsletter and at events such as Foreign Affairs Live. The print magazine, published every two months, has a circulation of 189,000. The website records approximately 1.7 million visits per month.
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
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Hopes and Doubts in Beijing
Presidents Were Never Meant to Have Unilateral War Powers
To Save the Iran Nuclear Deal, Think Bigger
Engaging North Korea Anew
Big Tech Can Help Bring War Criminals to Justice
How to Forecast Outbreaks and Pandemics
Ethiopia’s Dangerous Slide Toward Civil War
Biden Can Make an Ally of India
America’s Treacherous Transition
Finding a Vaccine Is Only the First Step
The Militarization of U.S. Politics
The End of American Power
Repairing the World
The Risk of War Between America and China
Sleepwalking Into World War III
If America Were in Africa