The Atlantic Bias and Reliability Overview

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. Today, the print magazine has half a million subscribers, and its website records 47.5 million monthly visits. Based in Washington, D.C., The Atlantic is owned by Emerson Collective. Ad Fontes Media rates The Atlantic in the skews left 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 The Atlantic’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 39.61

Bias: -9.80

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
The Board Games That Ask You to Reenact Colonialism-1036.33
To Be Honest With You, No Influencer Has Been Treated More Unfairly Than Donald Trump Jr.-11.6734
The Threat of an Unvaccinated South-2.3344.33
All Crime Is Local-1138.33
How a Rising Trump Critic Lost Her Nerve-11.3336.67
Vaccinated America Has Had Enough-13.6736
What the Ben & Jerry’s Decision Reveals About Israel-1235.33
The Atlantic Daily: Missouri Is a Warning-0.6742
The Awful Secret of Wealth Privilege-9.3335.33
Biden’s Spaghetti-at-the-Wall Vaccine Campaign-3.3339
Black Lives Matter Misses the Point About Cuba-536.67
California’s Cliffs Are Collapsing One by One042.67
When the Applause Just Won’t End038.67
Republicans Like Bob Corker Have Nowhere to Go-7.6735
The Biggest Threat to Democracy Is the GOP Stealing the Next Election-15.3332
There Is No Debate Over Critical Race Theory-16.3329.33
The Rise of Anti-history-15.3330.33
The Arms Race for Weather Lovers Has Begun-738.33
Condo Buildings Are at Risk. So Is All Real Estate.040
Ohio Is Now Fully Trumpified-1227.67
Democrats Have 1 Option Left-12.6729.67
The Most Complete Picture Yet of America’s Changing Electorate-4.6746.67
Trump Is Preparing for the Worst-9.3331.33
America’s Vaccine Future Is Fragmenting-139
What I’m Teaching My Daughter About Living in Extreme Heat-140