Washington Monthly Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Strong Left

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates Washington Monthly in the Strong Left category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. Washington Monthly is a bimonthly magazine that reports on U.S. government and politics, telling “stories about the ideas and characters that animate America’s government.” Based in Washington, D.C., the magazine was founded in 1969. It is known for its annual ranking of American colleges and universities.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 32.06

Bias: -14.42

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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It’s Clarence Thomas’s Court—and Lower Courts Are Saluting Him -13 32.33
Why Does Ron DeSantis Want to “Fix” a High-Ranking College? -10.33 36
Republicans Took Over the North Carolina Supreme Court. Here’s What Happened. -9.33 36
McCarthy, Biden, and the Washington Snub -6.33 27.33
“A New Model of Democracy” -17 35.67
Ohio’s Restrictive Voting Law is a Disaster -11.33 36.33
Will Republicans Stand by Ukraine? -10.67 38
I Didn’t Watch the Video of Tyre Nichols -4.33 38
Has Merrick Garland Outmaneuvered Himself? -7.67 37
President Biden Should Aim Higher in His State of the Union Address -9 33.33
Biden Concedes Nothing in His State of the Union Address -14.33 37
Kevin McCarthy Wants This Debt Limit Standoff Resolved. Really. -15.33 36.33
Inflation Reality Check: Don’t Blame Wages and Salaries for High Prices -3 32
Voting Rights: “There Is Reason to be Optimistic as Well as Alarmed” -13 38
Liz Cheney Is Playing a Long Game Beyond 2024 -6.17 34.33
Trump’s Enablers Rush to Parler to Escape Fact Checkers -18.75 29.38
Trump’s Unexpected Power Helps Republicans Win Even If He Doesn’t -18.33 39.83
Justice Barrett is Seated and Voting Cases Just Got Scarier -9 39
Trump’s Latest Attack on Biden: Photoshops and Cheap Shots -12.67 36
Trump and the Republicans Are Risking an All-Out Depression -13.33 35.33


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