Politico Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates Politico in the Skews Left category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Politico is a media company that focuses on politics and policy in America and across the world. Information is presented through a newspaper, website, online magazine, podcasts and newsletters. Founded in 2007, Politico is owned by German publisher Axel Springer SE and is based in Arlington, VA.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 42.88

Bias: -6.51

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
Early action electrifies 2024 Senate battle -1.67 42.67
Judge sanctions Trump, Habba nearly $1 million for ‘completely frivolous’ Clinton suit -6.67 39.67
Florida nixes African American studies course, claims it ‘lacks educational value’ -6 40.67
Nikki Haley dismisses Pompeo's VP claims as 'lies and gossip' -1.33 38.33
Mayors: Affordable housing demand is crushing us -5.67 43.33
Biden: 'My intention' is to visit the Southern border 3.67 43
Supreme Court blocks lifting of Trump-era Title 42 border policy 0 45.67
Co-leader of Whitmer kidnapping plot gets 16 years in prison 0 46
Republican Jewish Coalition denounces Santos for lies about his credentials 0 44.33
Buffalo faces more snow after deadliest storm in decades 0 48
Rep.-elect Santos admits lying about his credentials -1.67 43.67
McConnell team raised worries about attack on Biden inauguration, ex-NSA O’Brien told Jan. 6 committee 0 44.67
The Senate added a bill ensuring pregnancy protections in the workplace to the year-end government spending package. -1.33 45.33
Senate clinches deal to advance $1.7T government funding bill 0 47.33
Sinema switches to independent, shaking up the Senate -3.33 54
McCarthy walks a fine line with the Freedom Caucus -3.5 41.33
Biden admin nudge led Ukraine to drop Putin condition for peace talks -3.33 42
Federal court rules Georgia prosecutors can force Lindsey Graham to testify -2.67 44.33
Transported migrants may be on a path to citizenship because of DeSantis flights -5.67 41.33
‘Clear and present danger’: Jan. 6 committee to describe lingering Trump threat -11.33 41
LA City Council president resigns following leaked racist remarks -4 46.33
Ginni Thomas tells Jan. 6 panel she still believes false election fraud claims, chair says 0 47.33
Special master to Trump’s lawyers: ‘You can't have your cake and eat it’ -0.67 45
Republicans look to restrict ballot measures following a string of progressive wins -12.67 42.67
Trump's SPAC deal thrown into limbo with extension deadline looming 0 46

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