Jacobin Bias and Reliability Overview

Jacobin is a magazine and website that proclaims to be the “leading voice of the American left,” focusing on politics, economics and culture from a socialist perspective. Founded in 2011, its motto is “reason in revolt.” The magazine has a circulation of 60,000 and the website records more than 2 million visits monthly. Jacobin is based in New York City. Ad Fontes Media rates Jacobin in the hyper-partisan left 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 Jacobin’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 31.77

Bias: -21.79

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
Extinction Rebellion’s Liberal Moralism Can’t Save the Planet-23.3332
It’s Literally Impossible to Afford Rent on the Minimum Wage-17.3337
The Federal Writers’ Project Fueled the Cultural Ferment of the New Deal Era-1137.67
It’s Time to Nationalize Supermarkets-28.3329
McDonald’s and the Failed Promise of Black Capitalism-21.6733.67
Workers Are Being Crushed by Governors’ Unemployment Benefit Shutoffs-12.3343.33
The Forgotten History of Mexican American Militancy-2042.33
The US Blockade on Cuba Must End-2031
Joe Biden’s Stimulus Is Financing Republican-Backed Tax Cuts for the Rich-1235.67
In Mexico, AMLO Has a Renewed Mandate for Radical Change-1636.33
The Julian Assange Media Blackout Must End-6.6732.33
Socialists Actually Did Very Well Among Black Brooklyn Voters-2729.67
When America’s Red States Were Red-28.3336.33
Today’s Supreme Court Isn’t Moderate. It’s Pro-Corporate and Anti-Worker.-22.3329.67
Is New York Really Going to Elect Eric Adams?-10.3338.67
The Bezos Theory of Value Is Deeply Disturbing-26.3324.33
In the Era of Decolonization, West Indies Cricketers Refused to “Grovel”-6.6737
A Century Ago, West Virginia Miners Took Up Arms Against King Coal-936.67
Dems Didn’t Aid Struggling Homeowners in 2008. Trump Reaped the Rewards.-16.3334
Apple Is Not Your Friend-18.6738
Ending the Filibuster Is About Defending Democracy-20.6733
The Hip-Hop Road to Socialism-2041.67
Health Care Lobbyists Are Trying to Block the Public Option at the State Level-1539.33
Israel Is Using Emergency Pandemic Measures to Surveil Palestinian Protesters-1241.67
The Texas GOP Is Taking Money From the Unemployed and Giving It to Fossil Fuel Companies-1334.33