Current Affairs Bias and Reliability Overview

Current Affairs is a bimonthly magazine that focuses on culture and politics. It states its mission is to “produce the world’s first readable political publication and to make life joyful again.” Founded in 2015, the magazine is based in New Orleans. The print magazine has a circulation of 6,000, while the website records 3 million visits per month. Current Affairs also publishes a podcast. Ad Fontes Media rates Current Affairs in the hyper-partisan left category of bias and as mixed reliability 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 Current Affairs’ overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 33.81

Bias: -23.00

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
Rachel Cohen on the Great Charter School Controversy-8.3339.76
The Nature of Money-9.3339.43
Build Back Better for Whom? How Neoliberalism (Re)creates Disaster Risks-1739.12
What Rights Do We Have On Social Media?-741.35
The “Long Sustained Electoral Scream” Roundtable-21.7526.43
The 2020 Election Result Completely Discredits The Democratic Leadership-22.6734.08
A Series of Tubes: Reclaiming the Physical Internet-15.3342.12
Your Oppression Was Predictable-1233.76
The Past and Future of the Socialist Sunday School-2829.92
Enduring the Bureaucracy-26.3322.18
Interview: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on Why Racism Has Been Profitable-2043.75
Can Hierarchy Be Justified?-36.6731.49
Why “Crime” Isn’t the Question and Police Aren’t the Answer-1347.36
“Mythic Quest” and the Pursuit of Anti-Capitalist Media-7.3342.54
Rhiana Gunn-Wright on Insurgent Left Policy-Making-11.8338.55
Veticare for All? It’s Possible!-3330.04
The Rot Of The St. Louis Elite Goes Far Deeper Than The “Gun Couple”-28.526.02
Why Libertarians Oppose Civil Rights-20.6735.45
In Defense of Litmus Tests-21.6734.01