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About The Hill's Bias Rating
The Hill is featured on the AllSides Media Bias Chart™.
The Hill is a news media source with an AllSides Media Bias Rating™ of Center.
What a "Center" Rating Means
Sources with an AllSides Media Bias Rating of Center either do not show much predictable media bias, display a balance of articles with left and right biases, or equally balance left and right perspectives.
Center doesn't mean better! A Center media bias rating does not necessarily mean a source is totally unbiased, neutral, perfectly reasonable, or credible, just as Left and Right don't necessarily mean extreme, wrong, unreasonable, or not credible. AllSides encourages people to read outlets across the political spectrum.Learn more about Center ratings
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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.
- The Hill Rated Center in May 2022 AllSides Blind Bias Survey
- The Hill Rated Center in February 2020 AllSides Blind Bias Survey
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.
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As of September 2023, people have voted on the AllSides Media Bias Rating for The Hill. On average, those who disagree with our rating think this source has a Center bias.
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.
Confidence LevelConfidence is determined by how many reviews have been applied and consistency of data.
As of September 2023, AllSides has high confidence in our Center rating for The Hill. Two or more bias reviews have affirmed this rating or the source is transparent about bias.
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."
The Hill Ownership and FundingFunding and ownership do not influence bias ratings. We rate the bias of content only.
Owner: Nexstar Media Inc.
In August 2021, Nexstar Media Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST), announced that it acquired The Hill for $130 million (plus working capital adjustments).
Financing and ownership information last updated August 31, 2023. If you think this information is out of date or needs to be updated, please contact us.