- Overall, we rate The Hill Least Biased based on editorial positions that are currently balanced and news reporting that is low biased. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High, due to previous opinion columns promoting unproven claims.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
The Hill is an American political journalism newspaper and website published in Washington, D.C. since 1994. The Hill focuses on politics, policy, business, and international relations. Their coverage includes the U.S. Congress, the presidency, and election campaigns. The current editor is Bob Cusack, who has been reporting on policy and politics in the nation’s capital since 1995.
Funded by / Ownership
The Hill is published by Capitol Hill Publishing, which is owned by News Communications, Inc. Jimmy Finkelstein is the current CEO of New Communications who is described as a “Republican and longtime friend who served as a fundraiser for Giuliani’s failed 2008 presidential run.” The paper and website are funded through a subscription and advertising model.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Hill covers both sides on the political spectrum and generally sources information properly, however they sometimes rush stories and have to change them after the fact. The Hill rarely uses loaded words in their headlines and articles such as this: Trump says he won’t sign GOP’s compromise immigration bill. All news stories are sourced to either journalists in the field or credible media sources.
The Hill features editorial commentaries that provide a reasonably balanced group of columnist that consists of the following:
- Brent Budowsky (Leans Left)
- Lanny Davis (Leans Left)
- John Feehery (Leans Right)
- Mark Mellman (Slightly Left)
- Katie Pavlich (Leans Right)
- Bill Press (Leans Left)
- John Solomon (Right) (No Longer with The Hill)
- David Webb (Leans Right)
The Hill also features other outside opinion contributors such as Newt Gingrich among other prominent figures. The general overall tone of all op-ed’s taken together is currently balanced after dominant right-leaning voice John Solomon left the paper in October 2019.
The Hill has faced criticism for the hiring of John Solomon, who is described as a strong supporter of President Trump and a conspiracy theorist, with his previous opinion columns under review for false content. Further, it has been reported that owner Jimmy Finkelstein “kept a watchful eye on the newspaper’s coverage to ensure it is not too critical of the President.”
In general, news reporting is balanced and factual with a reasonably balanced Op-Ed page.
A factual search reveals The Hill has not failed any fact checks. However, it should be noted that they have rushed to publish breaking news that needed to be corrected or removed in the past. The Hill has also published editorial commentary that has been labeled conspiratorial by other sources, however, this columnist is no longer with the paper.
Overall, we rate The Hill Least Biased based on editorial positions that are currently balanced and news reporting that is low biased. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High, due to previous opinion columns promoting unproven claims. (5/18/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 04/23/2020)