Washington Post Bias and Reliability Overview

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

Reliability: 43.81

Bias: -7.81

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
Congress can’t agree on big things. Let billionaires handle space.1.3340
Two young unvaccinated passengers on Royal Caribbean cruise test positive for coronavirus044.33
A high school valedictorian began a speech about his queer identity and mental health. Then his mic cut out.-1.3342
Severe heat and drought the hallmarks of a changing west-0.6749.33
Opinion: Recognizing Juneteenth as a federal holiday is a hollow victory-13.3332
Opinion: Republican senators managed to outdo themselves in cowardice-1926
Critical race theory ban leads Oklahoma college to cancel class that taught ‘white privilege’-6.6742.67
Opinion: The anti-‘Roe v. Wade’ movement is increasingly disconnected from facts-12.6729