Reason has a Lean Right bias.
Reason covers the news from a libertarian perspective. Although there is much variation among libertarian beliefs, libertarians are commonly described as socially liberal and fiscally conservative. Libertarians uphold freedom as their highest principle and moral value. They seek to maximize individual choice and voluntary association in society and in policymaking, advocating minimal state intervention in private decision making. As such, libertarians emphasize the importance of free markets. Reason's tagline is "Free Minds and Free Markets."
Reason is transparent about its libertarian philosophy. There is debate as to whether libertarian philosophy is right-wing or left-wing; some have pointed out there is a left-right divide within libertarianism itself.
Table of Contents
- Reason Rated Lean Right in April/May 2021 Blind Bias Survey
- October 2019 Independent Review
- About Reason
- Funding, Financing and Ownership
Reason Rated Lean Right in April/May 2021 Blind Bias Survey
Reason was rated Lean Right by people across the political spectrum on average in our April/May 2021 Blind Bias Survey.
A total of 1,030 people rated the bias of content from Reason in this survey.
The average rating for Reason from people who self-identified as having a Left bias was Lean Right, but close to Right; the average rating from people with a Lean Left bias was Right; the average rating for Reason by people in the Center and on the Right was Lean Right.
Taken together, the average rating across all groups was Lean Right.
A majority of respondents with a Left and Lean Left bias saw Reason as Right; a plurality of Center respondents also saw them as Right. A plurality of people with a Lean Right and Right bias saw Reason as Lean Right.
October 2019 Independent Review
An October 2019 AllSides independent review of Reason's online content (AllSides does not rate print content) found the publication promotes ideas such as deregulating markets and getting the state out of what libertarians consider to be private decisions, focusing on the downsides of criminalization of sex work, drugs, vaping, and other vices, with pieces such as "Overdose Deaths Are the Product of Drug Prohibition". Reason often points out government incompetence and publishes content such as "Legalize Sex Work" and "Legitimizing Sex Work." It writes favorably about school choice, criticizes minimum wage policy, and promotes free speech.
AllSides sometimes receives feedback from community members who dispute Reason's bias rating; some say Reason deserves a Center or Lean Left rating, or that its biases are not accurately captured by our 5-point bias rating scale. But because Reason's coverage generally reflects perspectives favoring small government, deregulation of private business, and individual liberty, principles typically associated with the right, we give Reason a Lean Right rating. You can vote on this rating at the top of the page and let us know what you think Reason's bias should be rated.
Reason is the monthly print magazine of "free minds and free markets." It covers politics, culture, and ideas through a provocative mix of news, analysis, commentary, and reviews. Reason provides a refreshing alternative to right-wing and left-wing opinion magazines by making a principled case for liberty and individual choice in all areas of human activity. Reason Online is updated daily with articles and columns on current developments in politics and culture. It also contains the full text of past issues of the print edition of Reason. Reason Online is entirely free. Reason and Reason Online are editorially independent publications of the Reason Foundation, a national, non-profit research and educational organization.
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.
Reason website and magazine are owned and published by the Reason Foundation. The Reason Foundation is a libertarian think tank that was foundedfounded in 1978. The foundation is based in Los Angeles, California and is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. Its largest donors as of 2012 were reportedly the David H. Koch Charitable Foundation ($1,522,212) and the Sarah Scaife Foundation ($2,016,000). Stephen Modzelewski is the Chairman of the Reason Foundation Board.
Financing and ownership information last updated March 31, 2021. If you think this information is out of date or needs to be updated, please contact us.