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 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: 39.76

Bias: -8.73

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
The elite D.C. social scene sees a rash of covid cases, but parties on -7.67 36.67
Invincibility punctured by infection: How the coronavirus spread in Trump’s White House -12 33.67
Whitmer vaults into national spotlight with double-digit reelection win -13.17 38.17
Law on placement of Native American children divides Supreme Court -2 42.33
Florida police were after a covid-19 data scientist. She turned herself in — and tested positive. -11 24.67
Jan. 6 rioter who dragged D.C. officer into mob is sentenced to 7½ years -4.67 42.67
She provided an abortion to a 10-year-old. She’s still fighting for her patients. -10.67 44
Second woman accuses Herschel Walker of pressuring her to have abortion -11.67 32.67
European allies worry U.S. could dial back support for Ukraine 0 42.33
Why Liz Truss resigned as U.K. prime minister: A guide to the chaos 0 43.67
Justice Dept. asks appeals court to end Mar-a-Lago special master 0 44.67
Fetterman’s use of captions is common in stroke recovery, experts say -8 43
Federal judge upholds Georgia election law in challenge brought by Abrams -5 45
Post Politics Now Congress returns with a Friday shutdown deadline looming 0 44.33
Trump lawyers argue to limit White House aides’ testimony to Jan. 6 grand jury -1 38.67
FEMA tells a skeptical Puerto Rico that this time won’t be like Hurricane Maria 0 45
Russia-Ukraine war live updates Putin calls up Russia’s reservists amid war setbacks, backs annexation plans 0 48
Pedestrian struck and killed Saturday in Alexandria 0 17.33
From offering to help to full-bore attacks: Oz shifts to blitz Fetterman 0 44
Material on foreign nation’s nuclear capabilities seized at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago -8.33 40.67
Steve Bannon faces state indictment in N.Y., will surrender Thursday -6.67 45.67
No, Biden is not telling kids to report their parents for covid disinformation -13 40.67
Who is Scott Perry, Trump ally and lawmaker whose phone was seized by FBI? -6.67 40
Understanding Monkeypox and How Outbreaks Spread -1.67 47
Misleading Kansas abortion texts linked to Republican-aligned firm -4 44


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