Washington Blade Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates Washington Blade in the Skews Left category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. 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. Since 2010, the Blade has been owned by Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 42.71

Bias: -7.49

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
5 things social media platforms can do to combat anti-LGBTQ disinformation -10 41
Biden, Harris inauguration events mostly virtual -6.67 46
The Business of Managing a DC Business During a Coup -5 38.33
House votes to impeach Trump, makes him only president to be impeached twice -2.33 46
Bowser cabinet official named to Biden staff -5.33 46
Ned Price tapped by Biden team as first-ever out gay State Dept. spokesperson -4 42.33
Jim Hormel: Buttigieg, not Grenell, will be the first out LGBTQ Cabinet official -6 42
Pro rugby player comes out -4.67 37.33
Billie Jean King, Megan Rapinoe urge court to overturn Idaho anti-trans sports law -6 40
Merry Christmas and let’s end ‘alternative facts’ -10.67 36
Switzerland 'Marriage for All' bill passes in historic vote -4.67 44.33
HUD appears to have given up on anti-transgender homeless shelter rule -11.67 45.67
Prominent transgender activist in Colombia dies -1.67 48.33
Mark Levine running for Va. lieutenant governor -4.33 47.33
Cayman Islands recognizes same-sex couple's overseas marriage -4.33 44.33
VP-elect Harris visits D.C. gayborhood Christmas tree decorated with her photos -7 38.33

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