Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting

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Ad Fontes Media rates Washington Post in the Skews Left category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Washington Post is a daily newspaper based in Washington, D.C., that specializes in national politics. Founded in 1877, the paper has won 69 Pulitzer Prizes. The Post website was launched in 1996. Since 2013, the Post has been owned by Nash Holdings, led by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 40.04

Bias: -8.81

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
Understanding Monkeypox and How Outbreaks Spread-1.6747
Misleading Kansas abortion texts linked to Republican-aligned firm-444
Biden’s covid diagnosis shows the benefits of avoiding infection-1138.67
A one-source story about a 10-year-old and an abortion goes viral-1.3335.33
Opinion | Joe Biden: Why I’m going to Saudi Arabia-11.6733
Opinion | Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia erodes our moral authority-20.3331.33
Nearly 200 Republicans vote against bill to ease baby formula shortage-1627
Biden’s claim that 70% of inflation jump is due to ‘Putin’s price hike’-1233
Amber Heard: I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.030.67
Who won the Depp-Heard trial? Content Creators that went all in.-413
Supermassive black hole seen at the center of our galaxy048
These vaccine skeptics are outperforming news outlets on Facebook, Twitter, study finds-1318.33
Money can’t buy criminal justice reform. But it can fuel a movement.-16.3328.67