Salon Bias and Reliability Overview

Salon is a news and opinion website created in 1995, one of the first all-digital media outlets. It was created by David Talbot, a former editor for the San Francisco Examiner. The Salon website records approximately 12 million visits each month. The site covers a variety of topics, from news and politics to entertainment and culture. Ad Fontes Media rates Salon 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 Salon’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 36.57

Bias: -18.64

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
Amid tragic blunders, former pandemic hero Andrew Cuomo now compared to Trump: "He's a bully"-14.3343.71
Mike Lee objects and Rand Paul doodles: How Republican senators are handling Trump's impeachment-1342.34
House Democrats make their case to Senate Republicans: Trump duped his rioters — and he'll dump you-2036.18
Dr. Lance Dodes warns we aren't rid of Trump yet: He "will continue to have no conscience"-2032.33
"Saturday Night Live" releases first look at Jim Carrey’s Joe Biden impression037.76
Let's tell the truth about the pandemic: Donald Trump is guilty of mass murder-31.3330.93
Right-wing trolls Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman charged with felony voter intimidation-9.6744.06
Twitter removes bogus coronavirus conspiracy video shared by Trump and restricts Don Jr.’s account-13.1239.61
Kavanaugh's vote to restrict abortion thwarted as Roberts joins liberals to reject Louisiana law-18.8337.88
Fox News judge explains why he would “certainly” vote to impeach President Trump-1442.45
Trump will survive impeachment, for now: But make no mistake, this hurts him-2032.03
Impeachment and the Democrats: How will they screw this up? Let me count the ways-22.531.41
Impeachment witness rebukes Republican Rep. Doug Collins in opening statement: "I'm insulted"-16.7538.6
Why have no Republicans turned on Trump?-22.528.41
Impeachment: There goes Trump's "hearsay" defense; GOP tries to out whistleblower-14.3336.83
Rex Tillerson says it is "wrong" for a president to use foreign aid as collateral for personal gain-1237.81
Senate investigates IRS whistleblower complaint that GOP hid from Democrats-12.3336.15
Leaked email: Trump ambassador pick offered RNC $500,000 for confirmation vote-1339.49
The latest GOP defense of Trump evaporates with a whimper-16.3334.51
Supreme Court appears poised to side with Trump and end DACA-1145.74
Testimony reveals Mick Mulvaney blocked Ukraine aid, worried "Russia would react negatively"-1141.41
Who is Rudy Giuliani's friend "Charles"? An accidental text may have outed his identity-13.6731.12
Trump's last line of impeachment defense: Repeating big lies about Joe Biden-22.6727.6
Hard evidence that Stephen Miller is a white nationalist — and why that isn't "old news"-16.7529.33