The Economist Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


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.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 42.63

Bias: -1.08

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
How art is used against artists, like Young Thug, in court -4.67 36.67
A clash over Trump’s disqualification tests the Supreme Court -2.67 40.67
Hamas’s attack was the bloodiest in Israel’s history 0 48.67
A blow against Israel’s Supreme Court plunges the country into crisis -2 38
Why Walmart is trouncing Amazon in the grocery wars 0 38.33
The making of America’s elite -1.67 48.33
Canada’s miserly defence spending is increasingly embarrassing 6 31.67
The rise of the self-pitying MP 0 33.33
Should Ukraine get Russia’s frozen reserves? -0.33 33
Oppenheimer’s secret city is a shrine to the Manhattan Project 0 41
Ethiopia’s war in Tigray has ended, but deep faultlines remain 0 41.67
Why affirmative action in American universities had to go 3.33 34
Why are Latin American workers so strikingly unproductive? 6 33
The evidence to support medicalised gender transitions in adolescents is worryingly weak 1.67 43
Stocks have shrugged off the banking turmoil. Haven’t they? 0 40
Rivalry between America and China has spread to the Indian Ocean -1 43.67
Brazil’s foreign policy is hyperactive, ambitious and naive -5.33 41.33
A leak of files could be America’s worst intelligence breach in a decade 0 42.67
America’s $800bn climate splurge is feeding a new lobbying ecosystem -3.33 39
And the word of 2022 is… -1 44
The strange case of Britain’s demise 0.33 32
Volodymyr Zelensky and his generals explain why the war hangs in the balance 0 54.67
A looming Russian offensive -0.33 39.67
Why do Harry and Meghan wind people up? -1.33 36.33
Argentina’s populist political movement is at its lowest ebb 5.67 41.67