Reason Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Right

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates Reason in the Skews Right category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. Reason is a monthly libertarian magazine founded in 1968. It is published by the Reason Foundation, a non-profit organization, and is based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 35.68

Bias: 6.39

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
Here's One Way To Move Toward Responsible Government and Sane Fiscal Policy 11 26.33
Brickbat: Out of Sight, Out of Mind 0 23.33
Disabled Man on Sex Offense Registry Pardoned by Illinois Governor 0 42.67
The Supreme Court Should Not Let Bureaucrats Invent Crimes by Rewriting the Law 6.67 32
Brickbat: Have a Scooby Snack and Chill 8.33 26.67
Palestinian Death Toll From Israeli Military Strikes Passes 10,000 -0.67 41.67
Is a Land Value Tax the Solution to Detroit's Messed Up Property Tax System? 0.33 44.33
In Colorado, Voters Could Undo Key Component of TABOR Law 8.67 40.33
Tennessee to Pay $125,000 to Settle Lawsuit by Man Arrested for Posting Meme Mocking Dead Cop 1.33 43.33
Overcrowding Causes 'Unsafe and Unsanitary' Conditions for Youth In Philadelphia Jail -7.33 38
Rachel Maddow's Prequel Is a Deceptively Framed History of the Radical Right 15.33 28.33
Brickbat: A Spooky Display -2.67 41.33
Trump Promises ‘Ideological Screening of All Immigrants’ if Elected -9.67 36
Joe Biden's Plan for 31 Subsidized 'Tech Hubs' Is an Old, Tired Idea That's Doomed To Fail 5.67 30
The Demand for Political Misinformation is a Bigger Danger than the Supply 0 40
Mobile Homes Are a Crucial Source of Affordable Housing. Politicians Are Trying To Zone Them Out of Town. -4.33 36
How To Fail at Zoning Reform 1 36.33
Pentagon Leak Reveals 14 U.S. Troops in Ukraine 0 30.67
Portland Cops Shot a Homeless Man and Ate Pizza Near His Dead Body, Lawsuit Claims -9.67 28.33
Was Anyone Victimized by Trump's 34 Alleged Felonies? 2.67 32.33
The Media and Politicians Keep Trying To Censor Things That Turn Out To Be True 4.33 27.33
Boycotting Law Schools in Clerk Hiring As a Way to Influence Law School Culture 3 32.33
If Monarchy Is a Must, Keep It Neutral 3.67 33
Donald Trump's Handling of Classified Material Looks Worse Than Hillary Clinton's -2.33 38
With Deception and Misdirection, House Democrats Vainly Try To Make the Case for Banning 'Assault Weapons' 16.33 27.67


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