The Progressive Bias and Reliability Overview

The Progressive is a bimonthly magazine and website with the tagline, “A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good.” Based in Madison, Wisconsin, it focuses on national politics, culture and U.S. foreign policy and also highlights issues important to America’s Heartland. It began publication in 1909 as La Follette’s Weekly by U.S. Sen. Robert La Follette, a pioneer of the Progressive movement. Ad Fontes Media rates The Progressive in the hyper-partisan left category of bias and as mixed reliability in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral 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.

The following are The Progressive’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 34.95

Bias: -18.30

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

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 the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating a news article. To determine its reliability score, we consider the article’s veracity, expression, and its headline and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall reliability score.

To determine an article’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position and how it compares to other stories from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall bias score.

Article URLBiasReliability
Charter Schools Have Failed (And We Need to Stop Funding Them)-11.3345.33
Why Is Jacob Blake Handcuffed to His Bed?-1342
Foreign Correspondent: Biden’s Troubling Foreign Policy-24.6726
Black Lives Matter in Small Towns, Too-9.3342.33
The Trump Family’s Letters to Me-2423
The U.S. Refuses to Give Up Its Colonies-20.6732
China, the New Cold War Threat That Wasn’t-1532.33
Trump’s Plan to Reopen Schools Puts Black Students at Risk-1436
New Report Spurs Congress to Question Up to $1 Billion Wasted on Charter Schools-1641.33
Taking Nonviolent Action in Defense of Mother Earth-20.524
The Dangers of Talking While Muslim-15.6739
Appalachia Can’t Breathe-1348
The Future of Line 3-17.2536
Paul Manafort in Ukraine-13.538
Welcome to Milwaukee!-23.3337.67
Trump’s Throttling of Title X Ends Healthcare Support for Those Who Need it Most-17.542.25
Toledo Residents Vote to Recognize Personhood for Lake Erie-19.544.75