RealClear Politics Bias and Reliability Overview

RealClear Politics 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. Ad Fontes Media rates RealClear Politics in the skews right 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 RealClear Politics’ overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 33.98

Bias: 15.18

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
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
Infection Count vs. Jobless Data: An Imbalanced TV Picture10.3330.33
National Security Dies in Sunshine1330.67
Mnuchin in the Middle: Between Trump and Democrats839.25