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About Smithsonian Magazine's Bias Rating
Smithsonian Magazine 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
DetailsAllSides gives Smithsonian Magazine a Center rating. In July 2020, an AllSides editor conducted an independent review of the Smithsonian Magazine's website and gave it a Center rating for its straightforward, factual and well-researched writing. Smithsonian Magazine typically avoids political coverage, instead focusing on hard science, history, nature and technology. Note that a Center media bias rating does not necessarily mean a source is unbiased, neutral, perfectly reasonable, or credible. It simply means the source or writer rated does not predictably publish perspectives favoring either end of the political spectrum — conservative or liberal. Smithsonian Magazine is the official journal published by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Magazine is owned and published by the Smithsonian Institution, which is a group of museums and research centers administered by the U.S. government. The first issue was published in 1970. Smithsonian magazine and Smithsonian.com provides in-depth analysis of varied topics within a diverse range of scientific areas.
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As of December 2023, people have voted on the AllSides Media Bias Rating for Smithsonian Magazine. On average, those who disagree with our rating think this source has a Lean Left bias.
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As of December 2023, AllSides has low or initial confidence in our Center rating for Smithsonian Magazine. If we perform more bias reviews and gather consistent data, this confidence level will increase.