Washington Monthly Bias and Reliability Overview

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. Ad Fontes Media rates Washington Monthly in the skews left category of bias and as mixed reliability 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 Monthly’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 29.69

Bias: -16.65

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
Liz Cheney Is Playing a Long Game Beyond 2024-6.1734.33
Trump’s Enablers Rush to Parler to Escape Fact Checkers-18.7529.38
Trump’s Unexpected Power Helps Republicans Win Even If He Doesn’t-18.3339.83
Justice Barrett is Seated and Voting Cases Just Got Scarier-939
Trump’s Latest Attack on Biden: Photoshops and Cheap Shots-12.6736
Trump and the Republicans Are Risking an All-Out Depression-13.3335.33
Medicaid Expansion Has Passed Every Time It’s Been on the Ballot-12.6739.33
Has Trump Realized That Attacking Vote by Mail Hurts Him Politically?-1536
Is Barr Planning His Own October Surprise?-13.7534
McConnell’s “Liability Shield” Is a Weapon Aimed at COVID-19 Victims-1038.33
The GOP is Not On the Consumers’ Side-13.3335.67
Israel’s Point of No Return-15.532
The Best Answer to Fox’s AOC Obsession: Elect More Democrats Like Her-22.7521.5
The Tax Day Outrage You Don’t Know About-4.7140.71
The College Admissions Scandal Is Even Worse Than You Think-13.2536.75
The Right Has Mainstreamed the Rhetoric of Mass Killers-12.7533
Conservatives Issue a Clarion Call on Trump’s Mental Health-2226.5
Does Devin Nunes Oppose Frivolous Lawsuits or Not?-16.7528
The Attorney General Should Answer to Congress-1329.5
A Cure for High Health Care Costs-836.33
How to Close the Democrats’ Rural Gap-15.537
How the Federal Government Rigs the Game Against Small Businesses-1130.25
Trump Is China and Russia’s Best Friend-2324.5
The Concern That Drives Mitch McConnell’s Mendacity-23.7522.25
Trump’s Appeal Will Have No Lasting Power-21.2523