Bias: Hyper-Partisan Right

Reliability: Mixed Reliability/Opinion OR Other Issues

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Overview

Ad Fontes Media rates Western Journal in the Hyper-Partisan Right category of bias and as Mixed Reliability/Opinion OR Other Issues in terms of reliability. Western Journal is an online publication that presents news, commentary and analysis. Its mission is to focus on topics “that Heartland Americans care about” and “upholds traditional Christian values as articulate in the Bible.” The Journal, based in Phoenix, Arizona, includes content from Conservative Tribune, Liftable and The Wildcard. Founded in 2009 as Western Journalism, a project of the Western Center for Journalism, it is now owned by Liftable Media, funded by Floyd Brown, who also created the Political Action Committee, Citizen United. The website records 29 million visits per month.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 29.33

Bias: 20.18

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 URLBiasReliability
Former Republican Florida Governor Announces He's Running Against DeSantis as a Democrat048
Biden Wears a Mask Outside Alone But Not When Indoors with Frail 90-Year-Olds22.6718.33
Alert: New George Soros Arrives on the Scene as His Organizations Spend Hundreds of Millions on Leftist Causes22.3325
New Jersey Governor Refuses To Rule Out Another COVID Lockdown16.6739.33
Biden Campaign Begins To Worry as Black, Latino Disaster Looms15.6728.33
Woman Behind Trump Steals the Show with Brilliant Rally Stunt29.6720
Biden Snaps, Calls Minnesota Trump Supporters 'Ugly Folks'2324
Someone Tried To Register Dozens of Dead People as Dem Voters in Key Swing State10.6739
Type Gibberish on Trump Campaign's Website, and You'll Get Taken to a Secret Roast of Joe Biden14.6730
Poll: Overwhelming Majority of Black Americans Want Police To Maintain Local Presence21.7525.75
Potential Biden VP Has Major Problems, Including Her Son Being a Massive Trump Supporter17.3331.33
Minneapolis Commission Hits Brakes on Anti-Cop Crusade, Blocks Key Item from November Ballot11.6735.33
US Government Lifts Major COVID Warning for the First Time in 4 Months251.67
Group Apologizes After Photo Captures Disrespect of US Flag at Boston Marathon1.6750.67
Trump Skipping 'Boring' White House Correspondents' Dinner, Will Rally in Wisconsin Instead1936.5
Trump Donates Presidential Salary, Posts Photo of Massive Check to Homeland Security28.6731
Experts Says Democrats' Grassroots Fundraising Is Likely 'Manufactured'15.2933.14
Records Show FBI Was Probing Michael Cohen Long Before Raid10.2547.5
Elizabeth Warren Calls for Abolishing Electoral College So 'Every Vote Matters'13.7531.5
Breaking: Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Trump on Immigrant Detention9.3343.33
AOC's Neighbors Reveal Truth That Could Shatter Her 'For the People' Image28.4416.94
'Cowboys for Trump' Trek to DC To Show Support for Border Wall with Hand-Crafted Gift for Trump20.530.5
Pro-Life Heartbeat Bill Clears Major Hurdle in TN, Advances for a Vote20.548
HS Junior CJ Pearson Lashes Out Against Ocasio-Cortez: 'If Anyone Is the Boss, It Is We the People'18.7537.75
Democratic Governor Signs Bill Allowing State To Potentially Bypass Electoral College844.75