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.
- Overall, we rate Blue Lives Matter/Police Tribune Right Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that routinely favor the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the use of poor sources and a few unverified claims via fact-checkers.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Blue Lives Matter is a pro-police movement in the United States. It was started after the killings of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn, New York, on December 20, 2014, after they were ambushed in their patrol car. Blue Lives Matter was formed in reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement, which seeks to end police brutality against the African American community. According to their about page “Blue Lives Matter is a media company, founded and run entirely by active, former, and retired law enforcement officers and their families.” The current editor-in-chief is Christopher Berg.
The website was renamed The Police Tribune in 2020.
Funded by / Ownership
Blue Lives Matter/Police Tribune is owned by Warrior 12, LLC. Revenue is derived through advertising and a store that sells branded merchandise.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Police Tribune reports on news related to crimes committed against police and perceived injustices against police such as this Seattle Rioting Leaves 12 Officers Injured, Numerous Businesses Vandalized. This story is properly sourced to KIRO7, the Washington Post, and Seattle Times. Another sample story is as follows Man Arrested For Throwing Molotov Cocktail At Police Horses. This story is also properly sourced to local media WTEN. Although most stories are properly sourced to credible media outlets some are linked to poor sources such as Project Veritas, which has failed fact checks and has been caught editing video in a misleading way. We have also found examples of the use of Questionable sources such as Political Insider and the discredited Gateway Pundit.
Editorially, Blue Lives Matter/Police Tribune strongly supports President Trump Trump Says No Suspects Are Arrested In 68% Of Baltimore Murders, Police Confirm It’s True and this with the use of strong emotional language School District Defends AP History Lesson Calling Trump A Nazi And Communist. The website also frequently reports negatively on Black Lives Matter highlighting crimes and implying they are racist Muhammad Ali’s Son Says Dad Wouldn’t Have Supported ‘Racist’ Black Lives Matter. In general, Blue Lives Matter/Police Tribune presents a strong conservative bias that utilizes poor sources and publishes news that is not always verified as factual.
Failed Fact Checks
- A Dunkin’ Donuts in Brooklyn refused to serve two NYPD officers. – Unproven
- Kroger Accused of Refusing to Serve a Police Officer – Unverified
Overall, we rate Blue Lives Matter/Police Tribune Right Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that routinely favor the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the use of poor sources and a few unverified claims via fact-checkers. (11/14/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 7/20/2020)