National Review Bias and Reliability Overview

National Review is a biweekly conservative opinion magazine founded in 1955 by author William Buckley Jr. The website publishes commentary, blogs, podcasts, slideshows and videos, and in 2020 added a section on business and economics. The print magazine circulates to approximately 90,000 readers, and the website records more than 11 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates National Review as skews right 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 National Review’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 31.19

Bias: 17.37

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
Presidents Day & Congress: Overvaluing the Presidency8.3348.59
The Mess in Texas -- The Capital Note8.4342.16
Trump Impeachment & Mob Rule -- A Reply to the Federalist0.6743.3
Trump Impeachment & Mob Rule -- A Reply to the Federalist0.6743.3
Trump Impeachment & Mob Rule -- A Reply to the Federalist0.6743.3
Joe Biden’s War on Women1532.67
Tulsi Gabbard: Domestic Terrorism Bill Is ‘a Targeting of Almost Half of the Country’4.6743.7
Calls to Shut Down Fox News Show Contempt for Free Speech, Ignorance of the Law5.3342.37
Joe Biden & Swing States -- No, He Did Not Only Improve in Four Major Swing State Cities744.44
The President Tests Positive for COVID2.6744.67
Presidential Debates -- Joe Biden Is an Idea with No Specifics on Policy2031.88
American Troop Drawdown: Germany Altered Once-Solid Relationship15.6736.78
Election Polls: They Don’t Look Promising2132.77
Housing Policy & Suburbs: State & Local Reforms Needed22.6728.29
Steve Bannon Indictment: If There Are Convictions, Potential Penalties Are Severe5.3342.55
Attorney General William Barr Excellent Witness in Hostile Hearing1624.43
Protests & Riots: Democrats and Media Blame Trump20.6724.78
SCOTUS & 2nd Amendment: Court Declines to Take Up Case after Roberts Signals Alignment with Liberals347.23
William Barr Hearing: Democrats Stage Embarrassing Spectacle1730.21
NASCAR Noose: Trump, Bubba Wallace Exchange Tweets over 'Hoax'4.3946.5
Bernie Sanders Fox News Town Hall: Politically Savvy, Winning Performance8.2536.28
Stacey Abrams Equates Abortion Restrictions to ‘Forced Pregnancy'1242.5
Pete Buttigieg & Religion: Abortion Extremism Alienates Christians1835.27
Beto O’Rourke Support: Inches Wide, Inches Deep23.7524.82
Donald Trump's Budget: Just Stop Spending11.3334.29