Judicial Watch Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Hyper-Partisan Right

Reliability: Unreliable, Problematic


Ad Fontes Media rates Judicial Watch in the Hyper-Partisan Right category of bias and as Unreliable, Problematic in terms of reliability. Judicial Watch is a conservative educational foundation with the motto, “Because no one is above the law.” The website features articles about its investigations into alleged misconduct by government officials and litigation to uncover instances of corruption. Judicial Watch was founded in 1994 and is based in Washington, D.C. The president is Tom Fitton.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 23.64

Bias: 23.27

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
CA Officials Request Big Tech Censorship 16.33 21.33
Judicial Watch Files Lawsuit against Secret Service for Records of Biden White House Dogs after Biting Incidents 2.33 40.33
States Say ICE Stops Issuing Detainers for Illegal Immigrant Convicts, Revokes Them for Dozens 16.67 36
Biden-Harris Administration to Ramp Up Experiments Using Aborted Baby Body Parts 23.67 12.33
Adam Schiff’s Secret Subpoenas 16.67 32
The Billion Dollar California-China Mask Deal 13.67 23
BLM “Racial Justice” Riots Result in Record Number of Domestic Terrorism Cases 13.33 42.67
Biden Scandal Update 18.33 30.67
Federal Court Hearing Today in Judicial Watch Lawsuit for Andrew McCabe Emails and Text Messages 24.33 26.33
Judicial Watch: Pennsylvania Counties Admit They Gave Incorrect Voter Roll Information to Federal Government – Disclose Conflicting Numbers of Inactive Voters to Court 15 34.71
Trump on the Front Lines: Big Bet on Virus Drug Gets Personal 23.83 22.17
UN’s U.S.-Funded Global COVID-19 Response Promotes Abortion, Sexual Health Services 25.33 26.33
Judicial Watch and Election Integrity Project California Both Work to Restore Voter Confidence Nationwide 19.67 34
Judicial Watch Sues to Stop California Governor Newsom’s “Vote by Mail” Mandate 20.5 26.17
New #ObamaGate Revelations That Implicate Obama, Biden 25 16.67
Celebrating Ramadan U.S. Gives Terrorist Nation $22 Million to Fight COVID-19 24.17 21.5
Federal Court Orders Hearing on Judicial Watch Request for Temporary Restraining Order to Prevent Montgomery County, MD from Providing Cash Benefit Payments to Illegal Aliens 17.67 35.5
Judicial Watch Asks California Court of Appeal to Command Lower Court to Issue Temporary Restraining Order Halting Governor from Paying $75 Million In Cash Benefits to Illegal Aliens 15.33 36.67
CA & MD Cash Payments to Illegals, Ramadan Money & #ObamaGate 24.83 22
The Exoneration of General Flynn 34 23
Judicial Watch Files Lawsuit and Asks for Temporary Restraining Order to Stop Maryland County’s Plan to Provide $5 Million to Illegal Aliens 29.33 44
Judicial Watch Seeks Fauci-WHO Communications 25.33 28.67
Hillary Clinton Resists Court Order to Produce After Action Memo on Search and Review Process that Lead to Deletion of Her Emails; Judicial Watch Files Motion to Compel 30 34.5

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