National Review Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Right

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates National Review in the Skews Right category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. National Review is a biweekly conservative opinion magazine founded in 1955 by author William Buckley Jr. The website publishes commentary, blogs, podcasts, slideshows and videos, and in 2020 added a section on business and economics. Since 2015 the publication is published by the nonprofit National Review Institute.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 32.54

Bias: 14.15

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
President Biden's Immigration ‘Parole’ Scam 18.67 29.33
National Review Support: When Trump Attacks 10.33 39.33
Fight over Trumpism: Kari Lake or Ron DeSantis 15.33 30.33
Alex Jones Ordered to Pay Sandy Hook Families $965 Million for Defamation 0 45
Students Protest Ben Sasse Visit to University of Florida over Likely Presidential Appointment 0 44.67
Young Female Athletes Punished for Objecting to Male in Locker Room 16.33 25.67
Joe Biden Speech: Catastrophic 13 29.33
Memes: Dark Brandon and the Meme Power of the Right 13 31
Pelosi’s China Connection 11.33 26.67
2024 Election: 71 Percent of Americans Don’t Want Biden to Seek a Second Term 6.67 45.67
Johnny Depp Trial: Too Much Slander and Lying in Public Life 4.33 35.67
Food-Facility Fires: What’s Really Going On? 2.67 36.33
Student Loan-Debt Cancellation Unnecessary 18 28
Texas National Guard Soldier Drowns While Trying to Rescue Migrants 3.67 43.33
Kevin McCarthy: House GOP Leader Wanted Trump to Resign after Capitol Riot 1.33 38
The Parents’ Revolt 15.33 30
Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Villainy and Heroism 5 37.67
Break Up Presidential-Debate Monopoly 7 35
U2: Christian Rock Band Is World’s Biggest Rock Hand 2.67 35
Student Dies Reenacting Jesus's Crucifixion 0 46.67
Nature Rights: A Lake in Florida Sues 16.33 33.33
Vladimir Putin Censorship of Russians Growing 1.33 45
Rick Scott 11-Point Plan Failure Could Benefit GOP 6.67 31.67
Child Care and Development Block Grant Promising Approach 7.67 37
State of the Union: Biden Fails to Reboot Presidency 18 29.33

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