Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues

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Ad Fontes Media rates Slate in the Skews Left category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. Slate is an online magazine founded in 1996. It features analysis and commentary about politics, news, business, technology and culture. Slate has offices in New York City and Washington, D.C. It is owned by Graham Holdings Co. and managed by The Slate Group.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 36.88

Bias: -15.22

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
Nancy Pelosi Just Lit a Match at the Dynamite Factory-437.33
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Why Has the Misleading “Chemical Imbalance” Theory of Mental Illness Persisted for So Long?038.67
Roe will fall, but the Supreme Court’s legitimacy is already lost.-17.6733.67
Alito’s Leaked Draft Fully Overruling Roe Is Jaw-Dropping and Unprecedented-15.6735
Why the Clarence and Ginni Thomas Scandal Vanished From the News-17.3331
Cory Booker Aside, Democrats Stranded Ketanji Brown Jackson-24.1728.33
Eileen Gu Olympics Jerk Watch: Is the Chinese American skier a jerk?0.3327
Don’t Blame Judge Schroeder if Kyle Rittenhouse Goes Free-7.3337
Will Merrick Garland Put Steve Bannon in Jail?-8.6740
Pentagon Admits Kabul Drone Strike Was “Horrible Mistake” That Killed 10 Civilians-245.33
11. I never imagined how the world would change.-10.6739.33
Just How Big a Mess the California Recall Is-4.6742.67
Mississippi Explicitly Asks the Supreme Court to Overturn Roe v. Wade-9.6745
Trump's Save America leadership PAC hasn’t spent the $75 million it raised on “election integrity.”-13.6737.33
We Are All Our Own Militia Now-1533.33
Black Women on Team USA Have to Play Two Games-14.6733
Watch Biden Brush Off Hecklers: “This Is Not a Trump Rally, Let ‘Em Holler”-542.67
It’s Time to Start Requiring Vaccinations-14.3327.33
Fox News Could Be Sued if Its Anti-Vax Statements Caused People to Die-10.6740
Judge Rules DACA Illegal, Blocks New Applications From “Dreamers”-745
Facebook Pushes Back After Biden Accused It of “Killing People” With Misinformation-13.3344.33
Tennessee Is Doing Exactly the Wrong Thing to Stop COVID-642.67
What Climate Scientists Are Saying About This Catastrophic Summer-9.3339