Washingtonian Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates Washingtonian in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. Washingtonian is a magazine for those “living, working, and playing” in the Washington, D.C., area. Founded in 1965, it is known for its “Washington’s Best” lists such as best restaurants, doctors and lawyers. The Washingtonian has won the National Magazine Award five times.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 42.98

Bias: -2.62

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
Joe Biden’s Foot Injury Was Much Klutzier Than We Thought 0 30.33
Gunslinging Congresswoman Lauren Boebert Has Been Granted a Concealed Carry Permit in DC 0.67 49
Mike Pence Is Joining the Heritage Foundation—and Writing a Column 1 52.33
DC Got More Than Enough Snow to Make Some Excellent Snowpeople -1 40.67
A Waffle House in DC? There’s a Petition. 0 42.33
Here Are The Democrats Who Haven’t Co-Sponsored the DC Statehood Bill -5.67 40.33
Place Your Bets: A Guide to Sports Gambling in DC and Virginia 0 46
Tom Friedman Says He Knows Larry Hogan Is Governor of Maryland -1 41.67
Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman Will Recite a Verse Before the Super Bowl -1 44.33
Novavax Says Its Covid-19 Vaccine Is Effective 0 45.67
Cori Bush Is Switching Offices to Get Away From Marjorie Taylor Greene -5.33 45
There’s a Big New Twist in the Bethesda Tunnel-Fire Case -0.67 44.33
Here’s a Breakdown of Who Gets the Vaccine When in DC 0 45
Jen Psaki Now Has a Twitter Hashtag: #PsakiBomb -5.67 40
The True Story of Jessica Krug -3 46.33
Yet Another Trump March Promised for January 6 in DC -8.67 41
D.C. Archdiocese Settles Lawsuit Against the City 1.33 48
Today at 11: Chat With Food Critic Ann Limpert 0 31.33