Bias: Hyper-Partisan Left

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues

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Ad Fontes Media rates Salon in the Hyper-Partisan Left category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis 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. The Salon website records approximately 12 million visits each month. The site covers a variety of topics, from news and politics to entertainment and culture.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 32.44

Bias: -18.10

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
Alex Jones busted: How the Sandy Hook trial could lead to accountability for Donald Trump-1732
Texas Senator John Cornyn says "Now do Plessy vs Ferguson/Brown vs Board of Education"-22.3319.33
Give in to Nicolas Cage's "Massive Talent," a clever caper with the power to make anyone a fan037.67
Democrats seize on historic hearing with Big Oil executives-1630
Mein Kampf, racial slurs and Antifa conspiracies lead wild first week at Charlottesville trial-2.6743.33
Trump's SPAC deal may have skirted securities law in "shadowy corner of Wall Street": NYT-5.6734.67
Justice Alito complains, but the evidence is clear: This Supreme Court was built by dark money-19.6730.67
Another really good reason we need Medicare for All: Ron DeSantis will hate it-2019.33
“Utter betrayal”: Angry activists who helped elect Kyrsten Sinema say "she has no values"-2134.33
At 65 Jerry Hall has proven to be more than just a rich man's arm candy – she's a feminist firebrand-1230.33
The next insurrection: They don't have the votes, but they've got the guns-19.3324.67
Can "vaccinated" breast milk protect kids? The science is hazy046.33
Nothing is sacred to Republicans — except Donald Trump. It's all on the line now-1732.67
Liz Cheney's GOP primary challenger admits to impregnating 14-year-old when he was 18-3.6739.67
With U.S. hospitals overtaxed by COVID-19, huge numbers died from lack of healthcare access-15.3334.33
Whataboutism, the last refuge for Republicans, is on the rise-24.3326.67
Amid tragic blunders, former pandemic hero Andrew Cuomo now compared to Trump: "He's a bully"-14.3343
Mike Lee objects and Rand Paul doodles: How Republican senators are handling Trump's impeachment-1341.67
House Democrats make their case to Senate Republicans: Trump duped his rioters — and he'll dump you-2035.33
Dr. Lance Dodes warns we aren't rid of Trump yet: He "will continue to have no conscience"-2033.67
Ditching The Donald: Trump’s largest voter base is fleeing at an alarming rate-1531.67
"Saturday Night Live" releases first look at Jim Carrey’s Joe Biden impression038
Let's tell the truth about the pandemic: Donald Trump is guilty of mass murder-31.3332
Right-wing trolls Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman charged with felony voter intimidation-9.6743.33
Twitter removes bogus coronavirus conspiracy video shared by Trump and restricts Don Jr.’s account-13.7438.18