Rush Limbaugh Bias and Reliability Overview

Rush Limbaugh is a radio host and political commentator. His radio show, The Rush Limbaugh Show, has been nationally syndicated since 1988 and now can be heard on more than 600 stations reaching an estimated 15 million people. He also is the author of seven books and had a syndicated TV show from 1992-1996. Limbaugh received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump in February 2020. The Rush Limbaugh Show website records approximately 4.5 million visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Rush Limbaugh 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 Rush Limbaugh’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 15.20

Bias: 27.84

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 Rush Limbaugh Show25.3320.35
The Rush Limbaugh Show24.3323.02
The Rush Limbaugh Show18.524.97
The Rush Limbaugh Show2812.82
The Rush Limbaugh Show2218.55
The Rush Limbaugh Show20.3324.57
The Rush Limbaugh Show22.3326.21
The Rush Limbaugh Show336.19
The Rush Limbaugh Show33.6717.86
The Rush Limbaugh Show2623.65
The Rush Limbaugh Show3218.99
The Rush Limbaugh Show2627.88
The Rush Limbaugh Show29.6714.18
The Rush Limbaugh Show30.6716.19