Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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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: 42.70

Bias: -6.65

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
Trump's Mar-a-Lago home searched by FBI in unprecedented move-5.3345.33
Hearing on stripping Rudy Giuliani's D.C. law license set for October-3.3339.33
Biden: Griner's nine-year sentence 'unacceptable'-1.3345
Pharma group leader says Dems who vote for reconciliation bill 'won't get a free pass'-938.33
Fight him, shun him ... embrace him? Mastriano's relationship with GOP leaders mirrors Trump's rise.-1036
San Francisco's ousted district attorney won't run again-1.3343.33
Read a letter from Biden’s doctor on his Covid diagnosis051.67
Hot mess: There’s a problem with Trump’s Air Force One paint job-645
Biden sees exodus of Black staffers and some frustration among those who remain-2.3330
Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows-436.67
A New England Patriot and a conservative billionaire are trying to take down a GOP senator1.6745
Ginni Thomas Is Not A Liar-15.6735.33
Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say-12.3317.67
Opinion | Telehealth Shouldn’t Mean 'Videohealth' for Opioid Treatment-6.233
What Are the Biggest Problems Women Face Today?-9.3332.67
GOP-led Florida Legislature approves new congressional maps that DeSantis vows to veto-145.33
POLITICO Playbook PM: Biden gets a rare dose of good news-2.6739.33
IRS aims to hire 10,000 workers to reduce crippling mail backlog046.67
Trump’s McConnell obsession leads him toward Eric Greitens-141.67
White House endorses cyber incident reporting bill that DOJ criticized045
Biden says he believes Putin has decided to invade Ukraine-145.33
Biden quietly courts Republican support for SCOTUS nominee-4.3346.67
Judge rejects Trump effort to toss lawsuits accusing him of Jan. 6 conspiracy-0.6745.67
Newsom announces Texas-style bill that would let residents sue gun makers-4.6744.33
FDA learned of suspected infant formula illness four months before recall047