Politico Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates Politico in the Middle 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: 42.49

Bias: -5.75

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
Michigan GOP chair officially ousted after weeks of chaos -2.67 43.33
Trump expected in court for hearing over criminal trial start date -3.67 44
Bid to remove prosecutors sets up turning point in Trump’s Georgia case 0 45.33
Democratic playbook from New York special election has some progressives worried -2.33 40.33
Crypto attorney weighs challenging Warren 0 44
Indonesian leader linked to rights abuses claims victory in presidential vote -1.67 45.67
Trump reiterates to NATO allies: If you don’t pay up, ‘I'm not going to protect you’ 0 43.67
Biden gets handed an immigration policy opening from the GOP. Can he take it? -3.67 35.33
I’m not just Mr. Nice Guy, Blinken says -1 39.67
South Carolina Dems wanted to prove they should be first. The turnout was underwhelming. -1.33 39.33
GOP focuses on migrants, not Boeing, at first FAA hearing since crisis -8.67 29.33
House passes $78B tax bill in rare bipartisan vote 0 48
Five takeaways from POLITICO’s ‘How Fast Can We Solve Alzheimer’s’ Event 0 45.67
Kari Lake’s fundraising puts her behind in Arizona Senate race 0 45.67
Baseball star Steve Garvey raises $600,000 in California Senate race 0 44.67
Biden's money machine, Trump's legal bills and other takeaways from the 2024 money race 0 47
Tammy Murphy out-raised Andy Kim in N.J. Senate race, putting them on equal footing to start 2024 -2 43.67
Menendez burns campaign cash while big-name donors prop up his legal defense fund -3.33 44
Chicago City Council passes Israel-Hamas ceasefire resolution -8.67 44.67
Alzheimer’s program renewal on the way, lawmakers say 0 43
Trump spent more than he took in during 2023 -2 45
All you need to know about Trump’s 14th Amendment ballot troubles 0 47
Harvard governing board, activists say Claudine Gay was a victim of racism -4.67 41.33
Making it rain in Silicon Valley -4.33 43.67
Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel whose murder conviction was overturned sues 0 45.33