Bias: Skews Right

Reliability: Mixed Reliability/Opinion OR Other Issues

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Ad Fontes Media rates RealClearPolitics in the Skews Right category of bias and as Mixed Reliability/Opinion OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. RealClearPolitics is a website that features staff-written analysis and commentary about news and policy issues. In addition, it shares selected political news stories and op-eds from various news publications. Founded in 2000, the site was created by two Chicago residents, Tom Bevan and John McIntyre, who wanted one site that contained the most insightful political news of the day.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 29.69

Bias: 14.29

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
Supply Chain Issues Continue to Hurt Businesses. Lifting Tariffs Can Help.1.6734
New Peer-Reviewed Research Finds Evidence of 2020 Voter Fraud20.6714.33
Biden-Shy Dems Read Texas Tea Leaves534.33
For Decades Biden Promised He Could Handle Putin1035
Chris Christie: GOP Won’t Let NY Redistricting Stand10.6736
Why Newspapers Refuse to Correct Errors5.6736.67
With Breyer Departure, Progressive Group Shows Its Clout12.3341.33
Biden's 'Blue-Collar' War on Monopolies1137
What Biden's Approval Rating Means for the Midterms5.6741.67
Cartoons of the Week8.3325.33
6 Biden Lies About Trump's COVID Response2431.33
Postal Justice Warriors Undermine Election Confidence2128.25
Trump: TikTok Will Be "Out of Business In The U.S." Unless China Sells It By September 158.1745.83
How the N.Y. Times Swung at Fox News -- and Missed20.542
China's Religious Persecution in the Time of Coronavirus949.5
The Viral Impact of Dirty Politics in Montana1338.67
New Twitter Censorship Rules Raise Transparency Questions10.3338.67
Harris Ripped Biden on Race. As VP Contender, She Hails Him.7.7538
A Tiny Virus Further Sickens the Fevered Media Mob2130
Dem Candidates Give Pelosi, Party Leaders a Pass on SBA Loans1835.33
Facebook's COVID-Protest Ban Renews Censorship Concerns8.6729
Remote But Not Removed, Alaska Freezes Out COVID-191735.67
We Won't Do This for 12 to 18 Months5.6730
Did Ron DeSantis Make the Right Call?12.6729.67
When Media Advertising Boycotts Backfire16.6733