Washington Monthly Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Mixed Reliability/Opinion OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates Washington Monthly in the Skews Left category of bias and as Mixed Reliability/Opinion 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. The website records more than 700,000 visits per month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 30.19

Bias: -16.29

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
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
Medicaid Expansion Has Passed Every Time It’s Been on the Ballot -12.67 39.33
Has Trump Realized That Attacking Vote by Mail Hurts Him Politically? -15 36
Is Barr Planning His Own October Surprise? -13.75 34
McConnell’s “Liability Shield” Is a Weapon Aimed at COVID-19 Victims -10 38.33
The GOP is Not On the Consumers’ Side -13.33 35.67
Israel’s Point of No Return -15.5 32
The Best Answer to Fox’s AOC Obsession: Elect More Democrats Like Her -22.75 21.5
The Tax Day Outrage You Don’t Know About -4.71 40.71
The College Admissions Scandal Is Even Worse Than You Think -13.25 36.75
The Right Has Mainstreamed the Rhetoric of Mass Killers -12.75 33
Conservatives Issue a Clarion Call on Trump’s Mental Health -22 26.5
Does Devin Nunes Oppose Frivolous Lawsuits or Not? -16.75 28
The Attorney General Should Answer to Congress -13 29.5
A Cure for High Health Care Costs -8 36.33
How to Close the Democrats’ Rural Gap -15.5 37
How the Federal Government Rigs the Game Against Small Businesses -11 30.25
Trump Is China and Russia’s Best Friend -23 24.5
The Concern That Drives Mitch McConnell’s Mendacity -23.75 22.25


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