The Economist Bias and Reliability Overview

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

Reliability: 44.14

Bias: -3.92

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
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
Speak, memory - The surprising revival of the Hawaiian language-1.847.2
Lexington - Donald Trump’s real target is not illegal immigration but diversity-14.6739.67
The dust cloud darkens - The 9/11 compensation fund is running out of money048.33