Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2015, Being Libertarian is a news, opinion, and information website that focuses on Libertarianism. According to their about page the “website acts as a point of convergence for minarchists, classical liberals, anarchists, independents, Objectivists, capitalists, and right/left-leaning libertarians.” They further state “The goal of the group is to provide a neutral-as-can-be platform for individuals who believe in any of the various, broadly-libertarian schools of thought. As such, Being Libertarian LLC does not endorse any specific set of policies, political parties or candidates, nor any particular libertarian doctrine — other than a broad commitment to libertarian ideas.”
The current CEO is Nathaniel Owen and the Editor-in-Chief is Martin van Staden.
Funded by / Ownership
Being Libertarian is held by Being Libertarian LLC, which consists of the Rational Standard and Think Liberty websites. The website is funded through advertising, sale of books, and the sale of merchandise through an online shop.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Being Libertarian reports news and information from many different libertarian perspectives. There is sometimes the use of minimally loaded language such as this properly sourced article: House Passes Federal Minimum Wage Increase – Eccentric Economics. On the other hand, some op-eds contain moderately loaded language such as this: The Last Acceptable Bigotry: Hatred of Non-Voters – Opting Out. Under the “News” tab Being Libertarian frequently reports on the positives of free-market capitalism, but also reports on the more liberal social aspects of personal liberty such as this: Far Out: Denver Decriminalizes Psychedelic Mushrooms.
Editorially, Being Libertarian frequently reports negatively on socialism as well as the Trump administration’s economic policies and constitutional issues. When it comes to science they present some diverse opinions on Climate Change, however some are questionable as it relates to the consensus: Climate Alarmists are the Real Science Deniers – The Lowdown on Liberty.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Being Libertarian Right-Center Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that moderately favor the right, especially as it relates to economics. We also rate them Mostly Factual for reporting due to infrequently publishing misleading information regarding climate change, while still maintaining a clean fact check record. (1/20/2017) Updated (D. Van Zandt 7/24/2019)