The Hill's media bias rating is featured on the AllSides Media Bias Chart™.
The Hill has an AllSides Media Bias Rating™ of Center. AllSides gives this bias rating with medium confidence.
According to our February 2020 and May 2022 AllSides Blind Bias Surveys, our audience agreed with The Hill's Center bias rating, but people on the political right see The Hill as deserving of a Lean Left bias rating.
A Center media bias rating doesn't necessarily mean a source is entirely neutral, reliable, or never leans to the left or right. It simply means a source does not predictably and consistently publish content to the left or right. Either it doesn't show much bias or political leaning at all, or its bias leans to the left and right equally at different times.
Table of Contents
- The Hill Rated Center in May 2022 AllSides Blind Bias Survey
- The Hill Rated Center in February 2020 AllSides Blind Bias Survey
- Community Feedback
- About The Hill
- Funding, Financing and Ownership
The Hill was rated Center by people across the political spectrum in a May 2022 AllSides Blind Bias Survey.
On average, respondents who self-reported being on the left or in the center rated The Hill as Center. Respondents on the right, on average, rated The Hill as Lean Left.
Republicans rated The Hill as Lean Left on average, while Democrats and Independents rated The Hill on the left side of Center.
A total of 924 people from across the political spectrum — people who identified as Left, Lean Left, Center, Lean Right, or Right — rated the bias of The Hill. The weighted average was -0.76, on a scale from -9 to 9. This is in the Center category, and close to Lean Left. The middle 50% of responses lied between -3.13 (Left) and -0.02 (Center).
During a Blind Bias Survey, people 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 information is removed. Sign up for a Blind Bias Survey here.
The Hill Rated Center in February 2020 AllSides Blind Bias Survey
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 found The Hill published editorials that 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.
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.