AllSides rates The Hill bias as Center. AllSides gives this media bias rating with medium confidence.
A Center media bias rating doesn't necessarily mean a source is entirely neutral. It simply means a source does not predictably show perspectives favoring either end of the political spectrum — conservative or liberal. Either it doesn't show much bias at all, or its bias leans to the left and right equally at different times.
A February 2020 AllSides blind bias survey found that The Hill maintains a Center bias, though on the border of Lean Left. During a blind bias survey, people who hail from all sides of the political spectrum and a diverse array of ages and geographic locations rate the bias of content from a media outlet blindly, meaning all identifying branding and information is removed.
Our February 2020 blind bias survey showed that participants who rated themselves as Lean Right and Right thought The Hill's content is Lean Left, but not by much. Those who self-identified as being in the Center perceived The Hill's content as being on the border line of Center and Lean Left. Those who describe themselves as Left see The Hill's content as Center; those who describe themselves as Lean Left see the content as between Lean Left and Center.
The overall average response of all groups indicates The Hill's content is on the border line between Lean Left and Center. After assessing the results of this survey, AllSides determined Center remains the best bias rating for The Hill.
AllSides finds that The Hill publishes editorials that may have a strong left bias or a right bias, therefore making for a balanced editorial page.
As of October 2019, 9,108 AllSides community members disagreed with our rating for the The Hill bias. However, of the 3,881 people who disagreed with our rating and voted on what they think The Hill's actual rating should be, the average of their votes turned out to be Center.
Another media bias rating site, Media Bias/Fact Check, rates The Hill as Least Biased. Sources that Media Bias/Fact Check rates as Least Biased "have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced."
More About The Hill
According to The Hill's website, "since 1994, The Hill has reported on the intersection of politics and business, connecting Capitol Hill, K Street, Wall Street and Pennsylvania Avenue for non-partisan coverage of all factors in legislative decisions. It offers objective and in-depth coverage of Congress, the Administration, business and lobbying, campaigns and more.
"The Hill has a print circulation of above 24,000 and is read by opinion leaders, including 100% of Congressional offices, the White House, political pundits, association executives, lobbyists and corporate leaders."
The Hill says it provides non-partisan coverage of all factors in legislative decisions.
According to Wikipedia, "The paper was founded in 1994 by Democratic power broker and New York businessman Jerry Finkelstein and Martin Tolchin, a former correspondent for The New York Times. The paper is owned by the founder's son James A. Finkelstein, who serves as its chairman."
Funding, Financing and Ownership
Note: Funding and ownership is not taken into account when determining AllSides Media Bias Ratings. While it's true ownership and financial interests can affect what goes to print, our bias ratings are determined by assessing the bias of content only. We provide financial and ownership information as an FYI to our readers.
The Hill is owned by the Capitol Hill publishing corporation. Capitol Hill Publishing Corporation is a subsidiary of News Communications Incorporated. Jimmy Finkelstein is the current CEO of New Communications.
Financing and ownership information last updated February 22, 2021. If you think this information is out of date or needs to be updated, please contact us.