Daily Source Bias Check: Bearing Arms

Bearing Arms - Right BiasRIGHT BIAS

These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.

Factual Reporting: MIXED

Notes: Launched in August 2013, Bearing Arms is a pro-gun blog site that covers second amendment issues, self-defense, the firearms industry, crime and home security. The conservative news site Townhall owns Bearing Arms according to Bearing Arms and Townhall is owned by Salem Communications, which is owned by Edward Atsinger III and Stuart W. Epperson who is also a member of the conservative Council for National Policy (“CNP”).

Bob Owens, second amendment writer and activist was the editor of Bearing Arms and according to the Washington Post he passed way in 2017 due to an apparent suicide from a self inflicted gun shot. Currently, Jenn Jacques, who describes herself as an “outdoors woman, target, skeet shooter and a Second Amendment supporter and defender as well as an advocate for concealed carry“ is listed as editor.

In review, Bearing Arms blog publishes gun related news, sourcing mostly from other pro-gun sites such as, Deacatur Daily and the NRA, which has a mixed track record for facts. They almost always report news from a right wing perspective and they utilize loaded words both in their headlines and articles respectively, such as:  “Hillary Clinton Is The Greatest Threat to the Second Amendment Ever.” However, they also source to credible mainstream media such as New York Times, Washington Post and social media through heavy quoting. Overall, we rate Bearing Arms as right biased and mixed for factual reporting due utilizing sources that are also mixed for factual reporting. (M. Huitsing 9/28/2017)


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