Washington Post Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Skews Left

Reliability: Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues


Ad Fontes Media rates Washington Post in the Skews Left category of bias and as Generally Reliable/Analysis OR Other Issues 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 more than 65 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: 39.50

Bias: -6.61

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
Ronna McDaniel and Trump’s Bibles share a common corrosion - The Washington Post -12 31.67
Opinion | Voters face off across three great divides in a Biden-Trump rematch 7.33 38.33
Opinion | Cheering Hamas on campus, too uneducated to grasp how grotesque that is 10.67 24
Opinion | If Republicans want to help Trump, they should pass Ukraine aid now 9 38.33
Marc Thiessen: The 10 worst things President Biden did in 2023 - The Washington Post 14 33
Opinion | Why Biden’s dishwasher regulations are a dirty joke 12 32
Opinion | The Colorado Supreme Court just proved Trump’s point 9 33.33
Republicans are right to oppose the bipartisan border deal - The Washington Post 9.67 32.67
Conservatives have won the debate about courts - The Washington Post 8.67 33.33
California approves Prop. 1 to fund mental health programs for homeless 0 46
Transcript: Race in America: History Matters with Regina King -6.33 44
United, Alaska aim to resume service on grounded jets in next few days 0 43.67
Weather, Boeing grounding cause flight disruptions over MLK weekend 0 45.33
Transcript: Well+Being with Lisa Mosconi, Author, ‘The Menopause Brain’ -4 42.67
Deadline set for claims against Baltimore Archdiocese for sexual abuse 0 45.33
D.C.’s deadly streets take a growing toll on residents, victims 0 44.33
Surreal photos of life 0 34.67
The Nib closes down after 10 years of championing comics journalism -2.33 45.67
Photos of climate change in Hungary -2 44
The Post’s Becca Rothfeld receives National Book Critics Circle recognition 0 41.67
More than $1.1M raised in The Washington Post Helping Hand 2020-2023 campaign 0 40
New 2024 Newsletter ‘The Campaign Moment’ Debuts Today 0 40.67
Boeing in talks to reacquire key 737 Max supplier Spirit AeroSystems 0 45.33
The Washington Post’s Newsprint launches this December with new features 0 39
Frontline, The Washington Post Investigate ‘The Discord Leaks’ in New Documentary Airing Tuesday 0 41.67