Salon Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Strong Left

Reliability: Mixed Reliability/Opinion OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates Salon in the Strong Left category of bias and as Mixed Reliability/Opinion OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. Salon is a news and opinion website created in 1995, one of the first all-digital media outlets. It was created by David Talbot, a former editor for the San Francisco Examiner. Salon is owned by Chris Richmond and Drew Schoentrup.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 31.95

Bias: -17.56

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
The man who saw Trump coming: Wayne Barrett warned us decades ago -17.33 28
"The first of a series of indictments": One week after historic Trump indictment, experts reflect -20.67 27.67
“Don’t Say Period”: Now Florida wants to ban students from discussing menstruation -21.67 24.67
Abortion pill decision: Medical abortions will just be more painful -24.67 19.33
In Oregon, a microchip gold rush could pave over long-protected farmland -3.67 41
Trump-appointed judge declares boycott on Yale law clerks to protest “cancel culture” -7.67 37.67
Fox News panel freaks out after book-banning crusade leads to Bible being pulled from Texas schools -7.33 31.67
The GOP turns against the League of Women Voters -9.33 37.33
Trump unleashes late-night Truth Social tirade as Georgia DA closes in -11.67 31
“Why did the agency wait two days?”: Secret Service withheld Pelosi threat until after Jan. 6 riot -4.67 40.33
“Devastating blow”: Weisselberg’s agreement to testify could mean “death penalty” for Trump Org. -5.33 46
Alex Jones busted: How the Sandy Hook trial could lead to accountability for Donald Trump -17 32
Is Andrew Yang finally ready for his closeup? His likely-to-fail third party depends on it -11.33 32.33
“Corporate shill”: Sinema demands to save tax break for wealthy donors after meeting with lobbyists -15.67 36
Texas Senator John Cornyn says "Now do Plessy vs Ferguson/Brown vs Board of Education" -22.33 19.33
Give in to Nicolas Cage's "Massive Talent," a clever caper with the power to make anyone a fan 0 37.67
Democrats seize on historic hearing with Big Oil executives -16 30
Mein Kampf, racial slurs and Antifa conspiracies lead wild first week at Charlottesville trial -2.67 43.33
Trump's SPAC deal may have skirted securities law in "shadowy corner of Wall Street": NYT -5.67 34.67
Justice Alito complains, but the evidence is clear: This Supreme Court was built by dark money -19.67 30.67
Another really good reason we need Medicare for All: Ron DeSantis will hate it -20 19.33
“Utter betrayal”: Angry activists who helped elect Kyrsten Sinema say "she has no values" -21 34.33
At 65 Jerry Hall has proven to be more than just a rich man's arm candy – she's a feminist firebrand -12 30.33
The next insurrection: They don't have the votes, but they've got the guns -19.33 24.67
Can "vaccinated" breast milk protect kids? The science is hazy 0 46.33

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