IJR Bias and Reliability Overview

IJR is a conservative news and opinion website that gives its readers the FIRST pledge: Fair, Independent, Responsive, Sustainable, Transparent. Launched in 2012, it is based in Alexandria, Virginia and owned by Media Group of America. The website records 1.3 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates IJR in the middle 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 IJR’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 42.73

Bias: 0.57

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
Biden Lashes Out at Reporter When Pressed on Why He Is 'Confident' Putin Will Change His Behavior1.3346.33
Former Trump Admin Official Calls Helsinki Press Conference 'Humiliating for the Country'-6.6743.33
Biden Almost Calls Putin 'President Trump,' Catches Himself0.6747.67
Putin Calls Biden a 'Very Experienced Statemen'-3.3345
Hillary Clinton Suggests Some Are 'Doing Putin's Work' by Doubting Results of the 2020 Election-5.6744.33
Caitlyn Jenner Declares She Is 'Pro-Law Enforcement' and 'Pro-ICE'041.67
Newly Obtained Bodycam Video Shows Attack on Officer During Capitol Riot044.67
McConnell Calls Push To 'Defund the Police' One of the 'Dumbest Ideas Ever Surfaced'043.33
Texas Republicans Plan To Adjust Controversial Early Voting Provision in New Voting Bill044.67
DeSantis Signs Bill Banning Transgender Athletes From Female Sports1.3344.67
RNC Threatens To Advise Presidential Candidates Against Debates Unless 'Significant' Changes Are Made2.3340.67
CNN Anchor Shuts Down Texas State Senator's Claim of 'Hundreds of Open Cases' of Voter Fraud-6.3342.67
Trump Shuts Down 'From the Desk Of' Blog Page on His Site Permanently-344
Biden Seemingly Takes Rare Swipe at Manchin and Sinema During Speech046.33
Psaki: GOP ‘Spending a Lot of Blood, Sweat’ Trying To Figure Out ‘What They Stand For’144
‘I’ve Had It With Her’: McCarthy Reportedly Caught On Hot Mic Trashing Cheney244.33
Romney Defends Liz Cheney Amid GOP Rift: She ‘Refuses To Lie’3.3344.33
Comey Weighs in on Intel Briefings Trump Could Receive After Presidency-1128.67
Jeff Flake Calls on Republicans to ‘Move Away From Trump-Ism’136
Biden Slams Republicans for Failing to Wear Masks During Capitol Riots: ‘It’s Time to Grow Up’-7.6737.67
House Oversight Chair Introduces Legislation to Block US Postal Service From Making Changes-7.6743
National Security Advisor: It Would Not Surprise Me If Trump Is Nominated for a Nobel Prize10.6737.67
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp Drops Lawsuit Against Atlanta Mask Mandate-1.6740.33
Pelosi Says Harris Would Have Been Biden’s VP Even If ‘She Were in a Competition That Was All Men’-6.3335.67
Trump Responds to Biden’s Call for Mask Mandate: ‘Joe Doesn’t Know Too Much’344.67