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 Conservative Review Right Biased based on conservative political positions and Mixed for factual reporting due to the use of poor sources and radio personalities who have poor records with fact-checkers.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2014, Conservative Review claims on their website that they “provide best-in-class analysis and commentary on conservative political speech, votes, positions, and elections.” In October 2016, Conservative Review launched CRTV, an online television network, with shows by Mark Levin, Michelle Malkin, Steven Crowder, Mark Steyn, Gavin McInnes, Steve Deace, and Matt Kibbe. Steyn’s show was canceled in February 2017. Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson joined the lineup in October 2017. Eric Bolling joined the lineup in summer 2018. The Website’s Editor-in-Chief is Mark Levin, who has a poor track record with facts.
Funded by / Ownership
Conservative Review is owned by Mark Levin and its parent company CRTV LLC. The website is funded through minimal advertising and CRTV through a paid subscription model.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the website presents original content written by Mark Levin, and staff, as well as links to other news outlets. Original content uses moderately loaded words that almost always favor the right. Example: Levin: Want to see REAL campaign finance violations? Look at these creeps in Congress. New content that is linked to other sources typically comes from right-leaning sources such as The Federalist and factually mixed sources such as the Daily Wire and The Blaze.
Conservative Review is best known for its Liberty Score, in which they rate politicians on their conservative voting records. The Liberty Score has been used widely and is occasionally used to aid in fact-checking.
It is not possible to accurately review CRTV as it consists of multiple opinion based radio hosts. What we do know is the majority of the hosts have failed fact checks via IFCN fact-checkers. For example, Michelle Malkin has an extensive record of failed fact checks and misleading claims. Finally, during the Coronavirus pandemic, they frequently downplayed the virus using misleading wording such as calling it a “Coronavirus Cult.”
Failed Fact Checks
- Muslim organizations or a mosque kept most of the $238,634 raised for the victims of an October 2018 mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. – False
Overall, we rate Conservative Review Right Biased based on conservative political positions and Mixed for factual reporting due to use of poor sources and radio personalities who have poor records with fact checkers. (7/18/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 8/23/2018)