Slate Bias and Reliability Overview

Slate is an online magazine founded in 1996. It features analysis and commentary about politics, news, business, technology and culture. Slate has offices in New York City and Washington, D.C. It is owned by Graham Holdings Co. and managed by The Slate Group. Ad Fontes Media rates Slate in the skews left 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 Slate’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 37.62

Bias: -14.32

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
Judge Rules DACA Illegal, Blocks New Applications From “Dreamers”-745
Facebook Pushes Back After Biden Accused It of “Killing People” With Misinformation-13.3344.33
Tennessee Is Doing Exactly the Wrong Thing to Stop COVID-642.67
What Climate Scientists Are Saying About This Catastrophic Summer-9.3339
Americans venerate the military but don’t really understand what it does.-533.67
Early Voting Is Secure. So Why Are Republicans Against It?-1036.33
Charlottesville Removes Robert E. Lee Statue Four Years After Deadly White Supremacist Rally-4.3345.33
Biden Fires Trump-Appointed Head of Social Security Administration, Who Refuses to Leave-245.67
California Will Keep Requiring Masks in Schools, Despite New CDC Guidelines046.33
Future Tense newsletter: Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, and where space begins.033.33
Kyrsten Sinema Has Toxic White Lady Energy-1434.67
Obamacare’s Win at the Supreme Court Is Even Bigger Than it Appears-7.6737.33
Believe Mitch McConnell: Republicans Will Never Confirm Another Democrat-Appointed Supreme Court Justice-1136.67
Private schools are the real college admissions scandal.-6.3341
Why is it legal in many states to deny people with Down syndrome organ transplants?-5.3340.33
Not Everyone Is Shocked by Merrick Garland’s Infuriating DOJ-6.6737
Maybe We’re Asking Vaccine Skeptics the Wrong Question-9.6736
Did the Senate Parliamentarian Just Foil Chuck Schumer’s Plan to Beat the Filibuster?-242
New Study Says U.S. COVID Death Toll Is Actually 900,000, Far Higher Than Reported-247
Barrett and Gorsuch have to choose between originalism and gun rights.-3.3344.67
Blake Bailey’s former Lusher students on how their eighth grade teacher groomed them.-1.6747.67
Amazon Admits Drivers Sometimes Have to Pee in Bottles While on the Job-2.6747
Cancel culture history: I did not come up with this phrase—really!-143
A New Report Adds Evidence That Trump Was a Russian Asset-2224.67
Meghan Markle Was Never Going to Fix the Royal Family’s Racism Problem-19.6726.33