The Atlantic Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates The Atlantic in the Skews Left category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. The Atlantic is a print and digital media source focusing on news politics, foreign affairs, science, technology, business, culture and literature. Founded in 1857 in Boston as a literary and political commentary magazine, its founders included Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Wadsowrth Longfellow. Based in Washington, D.C., The Atlantic is owned by Emerson Collective.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 38.33

Bias: -8.71

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
Trump’s ‘Knock on the Door’ -8.67 42.67
The Stay Puft Marshmallow Doctrine -7 36.67
Home Influencers Will Not Rest Until Everything Has Been Put in a Clear Plastic Storage Bin -2.67 35
A Vision of Russia as a Country That Runs on Violence 0 35.33
The Last Frontier of Machine Translation 0 45
Claudine Gay’s Resignation Was Overdue -12.33 29.33
Ferrari Puts You Right in the Driver’s Seat 0 45.33
Maybe Don’t Send That Voice Note 0 32.67
What Happens Where Free Speech Is Unprotected 4.67 33.67
The Most Mysterious Cells in Our Bodies Don’t Belong to Us 0 51.67
What Is Rest, Anyway? 0 40
The Colorado Supreme Court Just Gave Republicans a Chance to Save Themselves -15 31.33
Airlines Have an Accountability Problem 0 43
The Perfect Antidote to an Age of Angsty Literature 0 37.33
Photos of the Week: Expo Waterfall, Mud Run, Christmas Fire -1.33 42
What Needs to Happen When the Fighting Stops in Gaza -9.33 33.67
You Can’t Truly Be Friends With an AI 0 40.33
A Bizarrely Online Word of the Year 0 42
What Trump’s Second Term Could Look Like -14.67 29
How We Turned the Tide in the Roach Wars 0 44.67
Now It’s Nikki Haley -6.67 40.67
Ammon Bundy Has Disappeared 0 52.33
Three Ways to Tell If Research Is Bunk 0 37
The People Who Didn’t Matter to Henry Kissinger 0 39
A Breakthrough in Gene Editing 0 48