Reason Bias and Reliability Overview

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

Reliability: 37.31

Bias: 7.80

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
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