The Nation Bias and Reliability Overview

The Nation is the oldest weekly magazine in the United States. Founded in 1865 by abolitionists, the magazine publishes commentary on politics and culture, with past contributors including Hunter S. Thompson and Martin Luther King Jr. Based in New York City, The Nation circulates to approximately 140,000 readers, and its website records more than 3 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates The Nation as hyper-partisan left in terms 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 The Nation’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 34.94

Bias: -19.73

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 Chicago Teachers Strike Proves We Can’t Rely on Democrats-1237.61
What’s Happening to ‘The Chicago Reporter’?-643.22
Winners and Losers in Georgia-1541.28
Anne Applebaum and the Crisis of Centrist Politics-2233.12
Military in the Capitol Insurrection Should Face Courts-Martial-1334.86
Madness on Capitol Hill-4.6737.61
A Preview of What’s to Come-1735.36
The Milwaukee Bucks and Brewers Strike for Racial Justice-1538.89
Republicans Have Organized a Backlash Convention, and It’s Tearing This Country Apart-1738.47
We Need to Talk About the GOP’s ‘Black Friends’-30.6726.07
America’s Holy War Comes to the RNC-16.6737.29
Gun Lovers Should Be Thanking Tish James for Suing the NRA-1334.89
America Is Headed for an Unprecedented Wave of Evictions-12.4537.86
The Democratic Party Is Setting the Stage for a Letdown-1934.94
The War Was Won Before Hiroshima—And the Generals Who Dropped the Bomb Knew It-13.3329.98
Go Ahead and Destroy That Racist Statue (and Then the System Too)-2431.89
Harvard Law Students Are Taking on Forced Arbitration-7.6746.24
School-District Secessions Are Gathering Speed, a New Report Shows-6.6743.85
Mexico’s President Says the War on Drugs Is Over. Not All Mexicans Agree.041.69
Congress Must Stop the Killing and Override Trump’s Yemen Veto-14.6735.6
Take Action Now: Stand Against Islamophobia-1730.09
Trump’s Budget Is a Bitter Betrayal-2136.21
Medicare for All Is Not Just Good Politics—It’s Good for Business, Too-13.2536.83
America’s Generals Have Learned Nothing From Our Failed Wars-12.528.58
Elizabeth Warren Gets the Argument Against the Electoral College Exactly Right-17.529.73