Slate Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues


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: 35.74

Bias: -15.04

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
George Santos, Sitting Alone -11.33 27.33
You Won’t Even Believe Where Oral Arguments at SCOTUS Went on Monday -21 16.33
The Fake Pamphlet Given to Martha’s Vineyard Migrants Is Very Funny and Also Possibly Criminal Evidence -14.67 36.67
Biden signs the Inflation Reduction Act. He’s a successful climate president now. -11.33 35.33
How Liz Cheney lost Wyoming. -7.33 34
Please Don’t Tell Journalists to Stop Interviewing Anti-Abortion Activists -3.33 33.33
Elon Musk said he’s buying Manchester United. Here’s exactly what would happen if he did. -1 36
Sarah Palin Alaska Congress race: How ranked choice voting is affecting the candidates. -0.33 39.33
How Bad Would an Espionage Act Violation Be for a Soldier? What About for Trump? -14.33 29.67
Nancy Pelosi Just Lit a Match at the Dynamite Factory -4 37.33
Hear me out: Trump won't run again. -16.33 29.33
Roe v. Wade: How to keep women who have abortions from going to prison -14.33 35.33
Why Has the Misleading “Chemical Imbalance” Theory of Mental Illness Persisted for So Long? 0 38.67
Roe will fall, but the Supreme Court’s legitimacy is already lost. -17.67 33.67
Alito’s Leaked Draft Fully Overruling Roe Is Jaw-Dropping and Unprecedented -15.67 35
Why the Clarence and Ginni Thomas Scandal Vanished From the News -17.33 31
Cory Booker Aside, Democrats Stranded Ketanji Brown Jackson -24.17 28.33
Eileen Gu Olympics Jerk Watch: Is the Chinese American skier a jerk? 0.33 27
Don’t Blame Judge Schroeder if Kyle Rittenhouse Goes Free -7.33 37
Will Merrick Garland Put Steve Bannon in Jail? -8.67 40
Pentagon Admits Kabul Drone Strike Was “Horrible Mistake” That Killed 10 Civilians -2 45.33
11. I never imagined how the world would change. -10.67 39.33
Just How Big a Mess the California Recall Is -4.67 42.67
Mississippi Explicitly Asks the Supreme Court to Overturn Roe v. Wade -9.67 45
Trump's Save America leadership PAC hasn’t spent the $75 million it raised on “election integrity.” -13.67 37.33

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