Townhall Bias and Reliability Overview

Townhall is a print magazine and website that features news, conservative columnists, talk radio voices and podcasts. The site records more than 20 million visits per month. Launched in 1995 by The Heritage Foundation, Townhall is now owned by Salem Media Group. Ad Fontes Media rates Townhall in the hyper-partisan 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 Townhall’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 27.14

Bias: 20.75

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
Republican Votes to Punish Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Does Not Bode Well for the GOP20.524.5
Why McConnell Is Green Lighting a Power-sharing Agreement2.6745
Shapiro Has More Than 100 Politico Reporters Shedding Tears... Still14.6729.33
Hawley Raises Ethics Questions Surrounding Seven Democrats3.6744
Teachers Unions Fail Science1533.67
A Crazy Impeachment13.6736.67
The Lies Tearing America Apart13.3330.67
Dem Congresswoman Lobs Serious Allegation at GOP Regarding Capitol Building Storming17.1727.5
Senate Democrats Nab Big Endorsement from GOP Side in Favor of Impeaching Donald Trump15.3336.67
Did You Catch What's Ironic About the Liberal Media's Capitol Building Coverage?26.3314.33
BREAKING: President Trump and First Lady Test Positive for Wuhan Coronavirus1848
Schumer Just Blocked an Election Security Hearing to Boycott SCOTUS1442.33
At Least MSM Reporters Agree: NYT's Trump Tax Returns 'Bombshell' Is VERY Important14.534.25
Burning Cities and Blaming Trump Brings No Justice for George Floyd15.5634.33
Alabama Secretary of State Shreds CNN Host for Saying Absentee Ballot Voter Fraud Doesn't Exist2125.78
The Bizarre, Partisan Attacks on Dr. Deborah Birx30.6729.67
Politics in the Time of Pandemic: The Political Fight Over Hydroxychloroquine1237.33
Doctor Stresses Importance of Telehealth, Wants to See More White House Action13.3343
Here's Why AOC Threw a Fit Over the Wuhan Coronavirus Relief Package21.6732.67
CDC to Cornell Professor: Those Aren't Our Guidelines, You Know.21.830.2
The Dems Are Right. Americans Find Annoying Liberal Women Very Annoying.30.3315.33
Is This How Europe Ends?21.530.5
What Caused Alan Dershowitz to Say That He Now Feels 'Conned' By Obama20.3334.33
Liberal Children Of Privilege2323
Trump Campaign Sends Scathing Letter to Twitter Over a Biden Campaign Video2132.67