Bias: Hyper-Partisan Left

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues

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Ad Fontes Media rates The Nation in the Hyper-Partisan Left category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. The Nation is the oldest weekly magazine in the United States. Founded in 1865 by abolitionists, the magazine publishes commentary on politics and culture, with past contributors including Hunter S. Thompson and Martin Luther King Jr. Based in New York City, The Nation circulates to approximately 140,000 readers, and its website records more than 3 million visits per month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 34.00

Bias: -18.30

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 URLBiasReliability
Biden Asks the Best Question: “What Are Republicans For?”-2425.67
NBA and NFL to America: Drop Dead-11.6731
Israel’s Military, Made in the USA-16.3339
Brett Kavanaugh Remains As Incorrigible as Ever-14.3335.33
The Chauvin Verdict Represents an Absolute Minimum of Justice-14.6733.33
The US Is a Mass-Killing Machine-26.6738
$15 an Hour Is the Compromise-14.3342.33
When Rush Limbaugh Was Too Racist for The NFL-2226.33
The Chicago Teachers Strike Proves We Can’t Rely on Democrats-1238
What’s Happening to ‘The Chicago Reporter’?-643
Winners and Losers in Georgia-1541.4
Anne Applebaum and the Crisis of Centrist Politics-2232
Military in the Capitol Insurrection Should Face Courts-Martial-1334
Madness on Capitol Hill-4.6737
A Preview of What’s to Come-1735.33
The Milwaukee Bucks and Brewers Strike for Racial Justice-1537
Republicans Have Organized a Backlash Convention, and It’s Tearing This Country Apart-1739
The RNC’s Pitch to Black America Is Not Just Ridiculous—It’s Sick-18.3336
We Need to Talk About the GOP’s ‘Black Friends’-24.6723.17
America’s Holy War Comes to the RNC-16.6736.67
Gun Lovers Should Be Thanking Tish James for Suing the NRA-1335.2
America Is Headed for an Unprecedented Wave of Evictions-12.4537.36
The Democratic Party Is Setting the Stage for a Letdown-1934
The War Was Won Before Hiroshima—And the Generals Who Dropped the Bomb Knew It-13.3329.33
No Matter Who Biden Chooses as VP, It Will Be a Bittersweet Win for Women-22.6736.33