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: 36.73

Bias: 7.84

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
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
When Ted Kennedy Was Pro-Life and Ronald Reagan Was Expanding Abortion Access 0 39.33
Gun Rights Activists Join Abortion Rights Activists To Fight Texas Abortion Law -1 38.67
You Can't Fight Campus Illiberalism With More Illiberalism 2.67 33.67
Netflix CEO Apologizes for Having Principles 6.67 30.33
More Evidence Emerges that the NIH Funded Coronavirus Gain-of-Function Research in China 12 29.33
More Than 500,000 Possibly Fraudulent Unemployment Claims Have Been Filed in Maryland Since May 1 2.67 44.67
Chinese Officials Are Obscuring the Truth About COVID-19 11.67 26.67
Critics Warned the Largest Tax Increase in San Francisco History Would Be Ill-Spent. It's Now Funding $60,000 Tents for the Homeless. 3.33 38.67
New $1.2 Trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan To Be Partially Funded By Stepped Up IRS Enforcement 1 46.67
Cops Say Encryption Hinders Investigations. These Documents Say Otherwise. -8.33 35
Supreme Court Protects Students' "Political or Religious Speech" Outside School 2.67 46
High School Cheerleader's Profane Social Media Rant Is Protected Free Speech, Says SCOTUS 4.33 42.67
If You Want To Fix the Country, Devolve Power 7 34.33
Federalizing Elections Doesn't Make Much Sense and Won't Save Democracy 5 35.33
Mom Faces Felony Charges For Taking a Drug Prescribed by Her Doctor While Pregnant 0 41
Juneteenth Is a Good Holiday. Of Course the Government Is Screwing It Up. -15.33 30.33
Overcriminalization Killed Daunte Wright -3.33 40
The FDA's Decision To Pause J&J Vaccination Will Kill People -1.67 39
When Cancel Culture Comes for the Person With the Pitchfork 5.33 42.67
Ramming a $15 Minimum Wage Bill Through the Senate Using Reconciliation Would Be a Norm-Busting Mistake 4.33 43.33
Is There a Future for Fusionism? 12.33 30.67


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