Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Ad Fontes Media rates The Economist in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. The Economist is an international weekly newspaper founded in 1843. It is published in print and in a digital magazine format from its headquarters in London. The Economist focuses on international business, politics and technology. Its editorial stance is described as favoring economic liberalism, and its articles are largely published anonymously. Its combined total circulation is 1.7 million.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 44.30

Bias: -3.60

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 URLBiasReliability
Cautionary tales from high-inflation emerging economies049
How a housing downturn could wreck China’s growth model045.67
The age of fossil-fuel abundance is dead042.33
Impeachment - Donald Trump’s reckoning-647.67
Invisible men - How objectivity in journalism became a matter of opinion-3.3340
Natural disasters - Why California is experiencing its worst fires on record046.33
She persisted, he resisted - The Republican Party in Congress could become even more male-2.3343.33
Back to school - Disrupted schooling will deepen inequality for American students-147.33
Kennedy v Markey - The Kennedy name no longer assures victory, even in Massachusetts045
Violence in Kenosha - Wisconsin’s summer of fury-3.3343
Banyan - Even in death, Lee Teng-hui is helping shape Taiwan’s identity1.6745.33
Fighting on fewer fronts - Argentina reaches a deal with its foreign creditors248
Home Entertainment - The benefits of learning an instrument in lockdown0.6747.67
Trumpian TikTok - Forced sales are the wrong way to deal with Chinese tech-941.33
The trouble with tech unicorns - Tech’s new stars have it all—except a path to high profits543
Everything to gain by their chains - Is the world economy still slowbalising?1.6743.33
Carnage in Sri Lanka - Global jihadists increasingly strike at religious targets149.33
The War Powers Resolution - Congress fails to claw back the right to wage war2.3339.67
Chaguan - China throws a revealing party for the anniversary of its navy-145
Drawing room - The Supreme Court considers a racial gerrymandering challenge in Virginia-138
Long-service leave - Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan’s strongman, resigns-1.542.75
Free exchange - Alan Krueger, natural talent-342
Out of order? - John Bercow drops a Brexit bombshell-6.2540
The heat-seeking missile - What Rahm Emanuel has done for Chicago-443.8