Bias: Skews Right

Reliability: Generally Reliable, Analysis OR Other Issues

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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 described as a publication for “free minds and free markets.” It is published by the Reason Foundation, a non-profit organization and is based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The website records more than 4 million visits each month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 37.31

Bias: 7.80

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 URLBiasReliability
More Than 500,000 Possibly Fraudulent Unemployment Claims Have Been Filed in Maryland Since May 12.6744.67
Chinese Officials Are Obscuring the Truth About COVID-1911.6726.67
Critics Warned the Largest Tax Increase in San Francisco History Would Be Ill-Spent. It's Now Funding $60,000 Tents for the Homeless.3.3338.67
New $1.2 Trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan To Be Partially Funded By Stepped Up IRS Enforcement146.67
Cops Say Encryption Hinders Investigations. These Documents Say Otherwise.-8.3335
Supreme Court Protects Students' "Political or Religious Speech" Outside School2.6746
High School Cheerleader's Profane Social Media Rant Is Protected Free Speech, Says SCOTUS4.3342.67
If You Want To Fix the Country, Devolve Power734.33
Federalizing Elections Doesn't Make Much Sense and Won't Save Democracy535.33
Mom Faces Felony Charges For Taking a Drug Prescribed by Her Doctor While Pregnant041
Juneteenth Is a Good Holiday. Of Course the Government Is Screwing It Up.-15.3330.33
Overcriminalization Killed Daunte Wright-3.3340
The FDA's Decision To Pause J&J Vaccination Will Kill People-1.6739
When Cancel Culture Comes for the Person With the Pitchfork5.3342.67
Ramming a $15 Minimum Wage Bill Through the Senate Using Reconciliation Would Be a Norm-Busting Mistake4.3343.33
Is There a Future for Fusionism?12.3330.67
Presidential Mercy Is a Woefully Inadequate Remedy for Injustice0.3339.33
Oregon Weighs Race-Based Vaccine Preferences442.33
Biden Administration Affirms Support for Protectionist Jones Act, Throwing Hawaiians, Puerto Ricans to the Sharks9.3337
Conspiracy Theories Abound After Trump Tests Positive for Coronavirus-441.67
Susan Rice Tries To Turn Possible Snowden Pardon Into Attack on GOP15.6734
Donald Trump and Ben Carson Go Full NIMBY in The Wall Street Journal537.33
The 'Highest Single-Day of COVID-19 Deaths' That Wasn't1636.67
Kamala Harris' Limited Vision of Religious Liberty2222.67
GOP Hawks Are Turning Out for Biden1039