Salon Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Strong Left

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates Salon in the Strong 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. 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: 32.21

Bias: -14.31

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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
"Absurd": Experts say Trump still "playing games" with fraud bond — and it could blow up in his face -8 35
Trump "looks furious" after judge chides him for muttering during jury selection -10 31.67
O.J. Simpson's lawyer reverses comments on disputed Goldman family lawsuit payments 0 40
Right-wingers blame the Baltimore bridge collapse on everything short of the Mothman -8.67 38.33
Hidden costs, public burden: The real toll of Walmart's "always low prices" -13.33 34.33
NBC's Ronna blunder: A failed attempt to appeal to MAGA voters — except they hate her too -2.67 25
The inherent sexism in Kate Middleton's lack of health privacy -1.33 31.67
"I find it strange": Legal scholar baffled at Trump's "stunningly embarrassing" fraud bond filing -12.67 38.33
Supreme Court grants Gov. Greg Abbott's wish to turn Texas into a far-right dictatorship -21.33 22.67
"Fear is the mind killer": The political lesson of "Dune" -11.33 32.67
Trump suggests he could face “extortion and blackmail” if SCOTUS doesn’t grant him immunity -7 30.67
Administration officials watered down VP Kamala Harris' criticism of Israel in Gaza speech: report -5.67 41.33
Illinois adds itself to the list of states trying to boot Trump from their primary ballot -0.67 41.67
War is bad for you — and the economy: False job claims fuel massive Pentagon budgets -17.67 33.33
"Nothing has compared to what we're seeing": Hala Gorani on the toll of covering Gaza war -6 48.33
Comedian Shane Gillis' "Saturday Night Live" journey from firing to hosting, explained 0 44
First abortion, then IVF… and now birth control? -17 27.33
Jack Smith filing uses Biden special counsel report against Trump: Not even "remotely similar" -3.67 43.33
The measles outbreak in Florida is a warning for the rest of the nation -3.67 46.33
Leaked audio: Right-wing Texas Supreme Court justice caught blasting "brainwashed" GOP colleagues -4.67 45.33
Raw cheddar company linked to multi-state E. coli outbreak 0 42.33
Inside the internal debates of a hospital abortion committee -11 44.67
Black women are vital to science and health journalism -15 32.67
The case of Carrie Buck and the Supreme Court’s century-old crusade to control women -15.67 33.33
Trump's CPAC speech showed clear signs of major cognitive decline — yet MAGA cheered -19.33 24.67