Smithsonian Magazine Bias and Reliability Overview

Smithsonian Magazine is a journal published by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. since 1970. Content focuses on topics such as history, science, arts/culture and travel. Since 2012, the magazine has sponsored the American Ingenuity Award, which honors innovation in the arts, sciences and technology. The print magazine, published 10 times a year, reaches an audience of more than 6 million. The website records more than 11 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Smithsonian Magazine in the middle category of bias and as most reliable in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral 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.

The following are Smithsonian Magazine’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 45.50

Bias: -3.72

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

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 the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating a news article. To determine its reliability score, we consider the article’s veracity, expression, and its headline and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall reliability score.

To determine an article’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position and how it compares to other stories from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall bias score.

Article URLBiasReliability
California’s Central Valley and the Colorado River Delta Are Epicenters for North America’s Migratory Birds-249
History Shows Americans Have Always Been Wary of Vaccines043.33
Who Was Charles Curtis, the First Vice President of Color?-7.6744
Meet Amanda Gorman, the U.S.’ Youngest Inaugural Poet-6.6743.67
Monument to Coretta Scott and MLK Is Coming to Boston, City Where They Met046
Could Indoor Vertical Farms Feed Livestock?046
How the Rugged F4F Wildcat Held the Line During World War II044.67
Starting Conversations that Support Children Before Traumatic Events Happen-1.3344.33
The Rise and Fall of America's Lesbian Bars-445.33
When Radio Stations Stopped a Public Figure From Spreading Dangerous Lies-4.543.33
What Scientists Are Learning About Covid-19 Using the Nation’s Blood Supply047.67
Turkish Archaeologists Discover Grave of Sultan Who Defeated Crusaders046.67
45,000-Year-Old Pig Painting in Indonesia May Be Oldest Known Animal Art046.67
A New Film Details the FBI’s Relentless Pursuit of Martin Luther King Jr.-3.3346
Why Kamala Harris’ Pearls Have a Special Significance-5.6745.83