Sojourners Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Strong Left

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates Sojourners in the Strong Left category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. Sojourners is a Christian magazine and website founded in 1971 as The Post-American. It is published by a social justice organization that arose out of the Sojourners Community in Washington, D.C. The independent publication covers politics, faith and culture.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 38.88

Bias: -12.58

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
Why Nathan Cartagena Teaches Critical Race Theory to Evangelicals -15 34.33
Protect People, Not Patents -11.67 42.33
Mennonite Church Introduces Curriculum on Police Abolition -9 44.33
‘The Refugee Resettlement Program Survived. And So Now We Get to Rebuild’ -6.33 45.33
To ‘Insure Domestic Tranquility,’ We Must Establish Justice, Preaches Rev. Barber -7.33 40.67
How Parler Played to Conservative Christians’ Fear of Censorship -7.33 40.67
Christian Nationalists Much More Likely to Reject Vaccine, New Study Finds -5 43
How Clergy Support Pro-Democracy Movements Around the World -12 41.33
The People Ensuring Your Ballot Is Counted -1.33 50.67
Pastors Work to Stop Evangelicals’ Spread of ‘Dangerous’ Misinformation -5.67 44
Why Should We Fix the Electoral College? It's Racist, Experts Say -10 42
Black Clergy Call for 40 Days of Prayer, Fasting, and ‘Spiritual Warfare’ Before Election -17.67 30
The Strange Theology That Rejects Masks but Embraces Guns -11.86 29.86
Don't Believe The Lie: The Black Freedom Struggle Never Ended -11.33 33
This Gets Worse: What Happens If Congress Fails to Act on Pandemic Relief -13 37.67
Stacey Abrams: We’ve Got to Talk About Power -14 32
American Families in Crisis -20.67 39
How Religious Schools Have Insulated Themselves from Discrimination Lawsuits -15 38
C.T. Vivian Wanted Us to Remember: the Civil Rights Movement Was Deeply Spiritual -15.33 29.67
Faith Leaders and Activists Honor John Lewis’ Life of ‘Good Trouble’ -5.22 43.44
Chicago Pastor Fires At Trump: ‘Don’t Get In The Ring With People From The Chi’ -16.44 35.11

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