Jacobin Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Hyper-Partisan Left

Reliability: Mixed Reliability/Opinion OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates Jacobin in the Hyper-Partisan Left category of bias and as Mixed Reliability/Opinion OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. 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.” Jacobin is based in New York City.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for Jacobin according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 31.16

Bias: -21.57

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 Bias Reliability
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The Government’s Own Number Crunchers Agree: We Need Medicare for All -22 20
Russia’s Feminists Are in the Streets Protesting Putin’s War -11 37
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When Dutch Workers Took a Stand Against Nazi Genocide -15 44
Under Pressure, the Biden Administration Rebrands Its Medicare Privatization Initiative -18.33 31.67
A US-Backed, Far Right–Led Revolution in Ukraine Helped Bring Us to the Brink of War -23 29.67
Extinction Rebellion’s Liberal Moralism Can’t Save the Planet -23.33 32
It’s Literally Impossible to Afford Rent on the Minimum Wage -17.33 37
I Survived Anders Breivik’s Terrorist Attack. But His Politics Are Still With Us. -12.67 36.67
Amazon Is Creating Company Towns Across the United States -21.67 32
The Many Faces of Regime Change in Cuba -22 35
The Federal Writers’ Project Fueled the Cultural Ferment of the New Deal Era -11 37.67
It’s Time to Nationalize Supermarkets -28.33 29
McDonald’s and the Failed Promise of Black Capitalism -21.67 33.67
Workers Are Being Crushed by Governors’ Unemployment Benefit Shutoffs -12.33 43.33
The Forgotten History of Mexican American Militancy -20 42.33
The US Blockade on Cuba Must End -20 31
Joe Biden’s Stimulus Is Financing Republican-Backed Tax Cuts for the Rich -12 35.67
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The Julian Assange Media Blackout Must End -6.67 32.33
Emmanuel Macron Is Cracking Down on Environmental Activists -15.67 29.67
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