The Federalist Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Hyper-Partisan Right

Reliability: Unreliable, Problematic


Ad Fontes Media rates The Federalist in the Hyper-Partisan Right category of bias and as Unreliable, Problematic in terms of reliability. The Federalist is an online magazine that focuses on politics, culture, national security and crime. Founded in 2013, it reaches its readers through its website and an emailed newsletter.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 23.62

Bias: 20.10

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.

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Senate Democrats Insist Babies Born After Abortions Should Be Left To Die 23.67 18
How Liberalism Ruined Sex And Degraded Women 19 27.67
The Biden Family Biz Is Everything Leftists Invented About The Trumps 18.33 17
Biden's Lack Of Strategy On Ukraine Shows He's Got None For U.S. Either 19 25.33
Why Did Biden Charge That Putin Might Use Chemical Weapons? 17 25.67
Parents Should Demand Schools Keep Classroom Cameras On 19.67 27.67
Special Counsel Finds ‘Widespread Election Fraud’ In Nursing Homes 26.67 8.33
Democrats Adopt The Covid Policies They Insisted Would Kill Grandmas 17.67 23.67
Media Smear Ginni Thomas For 'Agitating.' Here's What She Actually Said 21.33 16
Senate GOP Trashes Rick Scott For Telling Voters He’ll Work For Them 20.33 28.33
We've Got Three More Years Of Biden Making The World More Dangerous 19.17 27.17
Under Biden Proposal, Kids Could More Easily Get Transgender Surgery 13.33 37
Special Counsel Reveals DOJ’s Inspector General Is Not A Team Player 17 34
Penzey’s Company Called Republicans Racist, Lost 40,000 Customers 14.67 39.33
Couple Sues To Stop Tennessee Christians From Helping With Adoptions 11.67 33
Pennsylvania Court Strikes Down Mail-In Voting Law As Unconstitutional 12.67 32.67
The New Yorker Lies Again About Clarence Thomas And His Wife 21 26.67
What If Trump Had Greenlighted Russia To Invade Ukraine Like Biden Did? 21 27.67
Why The Media’s Attempt To Split DeSantis And Trump Isn’t Working 18.67 28.67
The Biggest Botches, Failures, And Mess-Ups Of Biden's First 12 Months 21 18
Your Right To Vote Doesn’t Include A Right To Vote From Your Couch 17.33 21.33
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