The Atlantic Bias and Reliability Overview

The Atlantic is a print and digital media source focusing on news politics, foreign affairs, science, technology, business, culture and literature. Founded in 1857 in Boston as a literary and political commentary magazine, its founders included Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Wadsowrth Longfellow. Today, the print magazine has half a million subscribers, and its website records 47.5 million monthly visits. Based in Washington, D.C., The Atlantic is owned by Emerson Collective. Ad Fontes Media rates The Atlantic in the skews left category of bias and as most reliable 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 The Atlantic’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 40.30

Bias: -11.21

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 5 Trump Amendments to the Constitution-1038.55
The Librarian War Against QAnon-541.08
Eric Metaxas Believes America Is Creeping Toward Nazi Germany239.2
How the GOP Surrendered to Extremism-8.3345.67
Betraying Your Church—And Your Party-246.79
What If We Never Reach Herd Immunity?046.41
Can Chloé Valdary Sell Skeptics on DEI?-240.55
The Forgotten People Fighting the Forever War-142.45
The Far Right’s Fear of ‘Glowies’-6.6743.33
Biden Will Lie to You-7.6736.7
The Pandemic Is Finally Softening. Will That Last?046.48
America Desperately Needs a New Age of Moral Leadership-8.6740.19
We’re Just Finding Out How Bad the Riot Really Was045.63
The Boogaloo Bois Prepare for Civil War046.53
Joe Biden’s Looming War on White Supremacy-4.6746.06
Mike Pence Has Nowhere to Go-10.6742.52
Denial Is the Heartbeat of America-14.6736.08
A Shift in American Family Values Is Fueling Estrangement049.03
Trump Secretly Mocks His Christian Supporters-13.6746.04
Trump’s Denial Has Now Produced What He Feared-7.3342.38
Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’-10.6742.58
I Won’t Drink Today, and I Won’t Get the Virus Today-1.6730.4
What the ‘Emergency’ Blood-Plasma Debacle Reveals-6.3346.92
The RNC Is Terrified of Losing Women Voters-13.3340.17
The McCloskeys’ Unsubtle Message to White America-13.634.64