Wonkette Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Hyper-Partisan Left

Reliability: Unreliable, Problematic


Ad Fontes Media rates Wonkette in the Hyper-Partisan Left category of bias and as Unreliable, Problematic in terms of reliability. Wonkette is an online magazine that focuses on politics, often with a humorous or sarcastic tone. It was established in 2004 as part of Gawker Media. In 2017, it became an independent source and is supported by reader donations.

Overall Score

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

Reliability: 17.39

Bias: -26.38

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
Harlan Crow Collects Nazi Memorabilia, Hitler’s Crayon Drawings Because He Hates Nazis So Very Much -23.67 22
Ron DeSantis Desperate For Wingnut Students, Faculty To Come To Nice Little College He Wrecked -28.67 18.67
Wisconsin Idiot Says Constituents Too Scared To Go To New York, Awww Bless Their MAGA Hearts -30 17.67
Lindsey Graham Has Idea To Make Voters Love Republicans Again, It Is Let's Ban Abortions! -23.67 14
The Abortion Wars Are Back On, Thanks To Hacks Parked On The Court By Trump And McConnell -19 22
Who Will Lose The House Speaker's Race Today? Day Four LIVEBLOG! -22.33 14.33
Biden Pentagon So Woke It Doesn't Even Want To Murder Civilians Anymore! -26.67 17.33
Dennis Prager Can't Prove 2020 Election Fraud, Just Feels It In His Heart, Like God Or Santa -25 24.67
Has Barack Obama Infected the Entire Country With MONKEYPOX? -18.33 21
Mitt Romney Paid For College By Selling Off A Few Stocks, So Why Don't You? -28.33 18.33
Hack Trump Judge Cancel-Cultures Federal Public Transit Mask Mandate -27 18.33
Charlie Kirk Can Go F*ck Himself With Any Balance Beams Simone Biles Not Currently Using -17.67 18.67
Trump DOJ Meatballs ... Actually Refused To Do Coups! -26 24.33
Nice Time: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmed To DC Circuit Court! -21.67 30
Live From Brussels, It's Joe Biden! -10 33.33
Bill Barr Got Some Splainin' To Do About All These Wire Tapps! -9.33 41
Charity To Erase $278 Million Of Medical Debt, In Reminder That US Health Coverage F*cked -16 30.67
Joe Manchin Can Name 12 Logical Fallacies Preventing Him From Supporting Voting Rights -19.33 23.33
Impeachment Expert Donald Trump Gonna Impeach His Way Back Into White House -21 23.33
It’s Not Against The Law To Protect Democracy From Republicans -21.67 24.33
The 546,878 Dumbest, Most Racist GOP Arguments Against DC Statehood -34.33 10.67
Of All The Classless Trump A-Holes, We Think We'll Miss Melania Most Of All -29.67 23.33
My Pillow Guy Dropped By Kohls, Picked Up By Dominion Voting's Lawyers -27.33 33
Kevin McCarthy Is The Hero Kevin McCarthy Needs Right Now -29.67 22
What Is Felony Murder, And How Much Did The Capitol Rioter MAGA Assholes Commit It? -20.33 34.83

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