Washingtonian Bias and Reliability Overview

Washingtonian is a magazine for those “living, working, and playing” in the Washington, D.C., area. It is known for its “Washington’s Best” lists such as best restaurants, doctors and lawyers. Founded in 1965, the monthly print magazine is read by more than 400,000, and the website records approximately 1.35 million visits per month. The Washingtonian has won the National Magazine Award five times. Ad Fontes Media rates Washingtonian in the middle 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 Washingtonian’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 43.73

Bias: -2.75

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
Gunslinging Congresswoman Lauren Boebert Has Been Granted a Concealed Carry Permit in DC0.6749
Mike Pence Is Joining the Heritage Foundation—and Writing a Column152.33
DC Got More Than Enough Snow to Make Some Excellent Snowpeople-140.67
A Waffle House in DC? There’s a Petition.042.33
Here Are The Democrats Who Haven’t Co-Sponsored the DC Statehood Bill-5.6740.33
Place Your Bets: A Guide to Sports Gambling in DC and Virginia046
Tom Friedman Says He Knows Larry Hogan Is Governor of Maryland-141.67
Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman Will Recite a Verse Before the Super Bowl-144.33
Novavax Says Its Covid-19 Vaccine Is Effective045.67
Cori Bush Is Switching Offices to Get Away From Marjorie Taylor Greene-5.3345
There’s a Big New Twist in the Bethesda Tunnel-Fire Case-0.6744.33
Here’s a Breakdown of Who Gets the Vaccine When in DC045
Jen Psaki Now Has a Twitter Hashtag: #PsakiBomb-5.6740
The True Story of Jessica Krug-346.33
Yet Another Trump March Promised for January 6 in DC-8.6741
D.C. Archdiocese Settles Lawsuit Against the City1.3348
Today at 11: Chat With Food Critic Ann Limpert031.33