Washington Free Beacon Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Right

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates The Washington Free Beacon in the Skews Right category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. The Washington Free Beacon is an online newspaper dedicated to investigative reporting on issues such as public policy, government and media. The website states it is “dedicated to uncovering the stories that the powers that be hope will never see the light of day.” Founded in 2012, it is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and records more than 3 million visits per month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 36.30

Bias: 13.36

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
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Yes, the Media Bury the Race of Murderers—If They’re Not White 10.67 35
The Weird Ideas and Shoddy Science Behind Free Government Crack Pipes 15.33 31.33
Biden Admin To Fund Crack Pipe Distribution To Advance ‘Racial Equity’ 20 23.33
Putin Can’t Be Appeased 9 33.5
FLASHBACK: Dems, Media Promoted Jussie Smollett’s Hate Crime Hoax 8.67 37.67
New York Times Meltdown Plays Out in Private Facebook Group 8 41
Florida Teachers Who Demanded to Work from Home Caught at Mass Gatherings 8 40.67
Schumer’s Dark Money Group Increased Election Spending by 825% in 2020 Cycle 17 32.33
Biden’s Private Prison E.O. Won’t Affect Mass Incarceration 7.67 40
Trump to Demand Recount in Wisconsin 11.67 41
Biden Campaign to Appear Alongside Hanoi Jane 13.67 36
Supreme Court Hears First Post-ACB Religious Liberty Case 1.8 48.6
Democratic Revenge Pornographer Heads to Kansas State House 5.8 44
Biden Suddenly Shy on Where He Stands on Packing Supreme Court 11.8 43
Hollywood Director Judd Apatow: ‘China Has Bought Our Silence’ 9.67 39
Kamala Harris Packed California Prisons With Pot Peddlers 12.67 37.5
Omar, Tlaib Saw Spikes in Campaign Cash After Anti-Semitic Remarks 12 42.67
Calif. Rep. T.J. Cox Wants ‘Thank You’ For Nonprofit Hit By Scathing Audit 11 41.75
Congress Wants Investigation Into Taxpayer-Funded Anti-Israel Events at UNC, Duke 20.33 24.33
Two House Dems Don’t Disclose Contributions From Ilhan Omar 17.43 30.86
Trump Tax Law Saved Sanders Nearly $40,000 Last Year 18.25 30.75
O’Rourke Compares Service in Congress to Charitable Giving 8.75 47.25


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