The American Spectator Bias and Reliability Overview

The American Spectator is an online magazine focusing on news and politics. Founded in 1924 as a monthly print magazine, it has featured writings by authors such as Thomas Sowell and Tom Wolfe. The print product ceased publication in 2014, and the website records 1.6 million visits each month. Ad Fontes Media rates The American Spectator as hyper-partisan right in terms of bias and as somewhat unreliable 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 The American Spectator’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 18.65

Bias: 25.39

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 URL Bias Reliability
The truth about Pornhub040.48
Why Didn’t Kamala Harris Prosecute Abusive Priests?2229.01
Questions for Dr. Fauci16.6725.55
Day Three of the Republican Convention: One Week of Honesty on TV Every Four Years2727.9
Will the Three Gorges Dam Collapse?0.843.96
Emails Undermine Attacks on Hannity and Carlson22.6725.59
The Establishment Has No Clothes36.338.8
More Evidence That Trump’s Silent Majority Is Real2536.01
Who Is to Blame for the Death of Breonna Taylor?13.3328.7
The Day of Reckoning Is at Hand31.6718.92
America’s Left and the Confiscation of Wealth14.531.28
The Congresswoman From Somalia28.2515.52
Rescue Border Towns and Taxpayers With ‘Remain In Mexico’25.523.47
Stephen Moore and Herman Cain Are Just What the Fed Needs1829.1
The Attack on Tucker Carlson25.3319.33
College Scam: That’s Not the Half of It24.513.4
The Dems Will Lose the House in 202023.3316.56