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- Overall, we rate Bearing Arms as Right-Biased based editorial advocacy that favors the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the occasional use of poor sources and a failed fact check.
Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
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. Bob Owens, a Second Amendment writer and activist, was the editor of Bearing Arms. According to the Washington Post, he passed away in 2017 due to an apparent suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot. Currently, Jenn Jacques, who describes herself as an “outdoorswoman, target, skeet shooter and a Second Amendment supporter and defender and an advocate for concealed carry, “ is listed as editor.
Funded by / Ownership
The conservative news site Townhall owns Bearing Arms. According to Bearing Arms and Townhall, they are 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”). Advertising and membership fees generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Bearing Arms blog publishes gun-related news, mainly sourcing from other pro-gun sites such as Guns.com, Decatur Daily, and the NRA, which has a mixed track record for facts. They almost always report news from a right-leaning perspective. They utilize loaded words in their headlines and articles, such as: “Hillary Clinton Is The Greatest Threat to the Second Amendment Ever.” However, they also source from credible mainstream media such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and social media through heavy quoting. In general, Bearing Arms promotes right-leaning pro-gun advocacy.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Bearing Arms as Right-Biased based editorial advocacy that favors the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the occasional use of poor sources and a failed fact check. (M. Huitsing 9/28/2017) Updated (12/02/2023)
Last Updated on December 2, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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