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.
- Overall, we rate Hot Air Right Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that usually favor the right. We also them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High, due to the use of curated sources that have failed fact checks. However, Hot Air has not failed any fact checks in the last 5 years.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Launched in 2006, Hot Air is a conservative American political blog. It is written by the pseudonymous Allahpundit, Ed Morrissey, John Sexton, and Jazz Shaw. Hot Air was founded by Michelle Malkin, a conservative author and blogger, in 2006.
Funded by / Ownership
Hot Air is owned by Townhall Media, an affiliate of Salem Media Group. Townhall Media properties include Townhall, RedState, Twitchy, Bearing Arms, and Townhall Finance, all of which are rated right biased. Revenue is derived from online advertising and membership fees for ad-free browsing.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Hot Air publishes original conservative commentary as well as curated news from other sources such as NBC, Wall Street Journal, and other Townhall Media properties. Headlines and articles often contain loaded emotional language such as this: Prime Minister Blackface: It’s Time To Ban Assault Rifles. This story is properly sourced to the CBC, New York Times, and Reuters. Story selection favors the right and usually denigrates the left such as this: Shocker: Another Member Of Democratic Practice Squad Pulls Out Of Primary Fight. Again, this story is properly sourced to the Associated Press and Real Clear Politics. Although Hot Air does not report negatively on President Trump, they also do not heap praise upon him like many other right-leaning sources. They have also reported favorably on gay issues and editor Allahpundit is a proclaimed atheist. In general, Hot Air presents news with a right-leaning bias and typically sources their information properly, however, some of their curated news comes from sources that we have rated questionable or factually mixed.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the last 5 years.
Overall, we rate Hot Air Right Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that usually favor the right. We also them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High, due to the use of curated sources that have failed fact checks. However, Hot Air has not failed any fact checks in the last 5 years. (D. Van Zandt 7/19/2017) Updated (12/22/2020)