Reason Bias and Reliability Overview

Reason is a monthly libertarian magazine founded in 1968. It is described as a publication for “free minds and free markets.” It is published by the Reason Foundation, a non-profit organization and is based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The website records more than 4 million visits each month. Ad Fontes Media rates Reason in the skews right 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 Reason’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 37.96

Bias: 10.14

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
When Cancel Culture Comes for the Person With the Pitchfork5.3342.67
Ramming a $15 Minimum Wage Bill Through the Senate Using Reconciliation Would Be a Norm-Busting Mistake6.2540.75
Is There a Future for Fusionism?12.3330.67
Presidential Mercy Is a Woefully Inadequate Remedy for Injustice0.3339.33
Oregon Weighs Race-Based Vaccine Preferences442.33
Biden Administration Affirms Support for Protectionist Jones Act, Throwing Hawaiians, Puerto Ricans to the Sharks9.3337
Susan Rice Tries To Turn Possible Snowden Pardon Into Attack on GOP15.6734
Donald Trump and Ben Carson Go Full NIMBY in The Wall Street Journal537.33
The 'Highest Single-Day of COVID-19 Deaths' That Wasn't1636.67
GOP Hawks Are Turning Out for Biden1039
The Second Amendment Is Not Restricted to White Conservatives12.1738.67
Democrats Wimp Out on Federal Marijuana Legalization. Thanks, Joe Biden!0.535.38
The Libertarian Party Mourns Garrett Foster, Activist Killed at a Black Lives Matter Protest6.6733
The Next Coronavirus Stimulus Plan: More Spending, Smaller Unemployment Benefits, and Tax Breaks for Going Out To Eat5.543.17
Miami Police Setting Up 'Mask Traps,' Issuing $100 Fines to People Wearing Masks Improperly6.2527.25
Are Socialists More Like Libertarians Than We'd Prefer To Admit?10.7533.75
The Feds' Special Opioid Task Force Spent 8 Days Harassing Arizonans, Found 0.2 Grams of Heroin-5.6734.33
In Latest Trade Negotiating Gambit, Trump Essentially Asks China To Put Tariffs on U.S. Manufacturing-740
So Much for the Anti-War President4.8335.33
Cory Booker Knocks Presidential Rivals for Joking About Marijuana-3.545.5
Devin Nunes Milks Fake Cow Account on Twitter For Nonsense Lawsuit-2.3336.67
Bernie Sanders' New Campaign Advisor David Sirota Once Touted Hugo Chavez's 'Economic Miracle' in Venezuela17.6929.31
The Supreme Court's Online Sales Tax Ruling Is Already a Huge Headache for Small Businesses441.33
Supreme Court Gives Feds a Long Leash To Detain Immigrants With Criminal Records6.3339
Michigan May Stop Police From Seizing Property Without Getting a Conviction First1.2549.75