Washington Blade Bias and Reliability Overview

Washington Blade is a print and online source focusing on LGBT news. Based in the Washington, D.C., area, it is known as “the newspaper of record for the LGBT community.” It was founded in 1969 as a one-page newsletter distributed in bars. The weekly newspaper now has a circulation of more than 20,000, and the website records approximately 291,000 visits per month. Since 2010, the Blade has been owned by Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia. Ad Fontes Media rates Washington Blade 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 Washington Blade’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 42.71

Bias: -7.49

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
5 things social media platforms can do to combat anti-LGBTQ disinformation-1041
Biden, Harris inauguration events mostly virtual-6.6746
The Business of Managing a DC Business During a Coup-538.33
House votes to impeach Trump, makes him only president to be impeached twice-2.3346
Bowser cabinet official named to Biden staff-5.3346
Ned Price tapped by Biden team as first-ever out gay State Dept. spokesperson-442.33
Jim Hormel: Buttigieg, not Grenell, will be the first out LGBTQ Cabinet official-642
Pro rugby player comes out-4.6737.33
Billie Jean King, Megan Rapinoe urge court to overturn Idaho anti-trans sports law-640
Merry Christmas and let’s end ‘alternative facts’-10.6736
Switzerland 'Marriage for All' bill passes in historic vote-4.6744.33
HUD appears to have given up on anti-transgender homeless shelter rule-11.6745.67
Prominent transgender activist in Colombia dies-1.6748.33
Mark Levine running for Va. lieutenant governor-4.3347.33
Cayman Islands recognizes same-sex couple's overseas marriage-4.3344.33
VP-elect Harris visits D.C. gayborhood Christmas tree decorated with her photos-738.33