FrontPage Magazine is an online conservative political website, edited by David Horowitz and published by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, California. The David Horowitz Center has claimed that the “Left has declared war on America.” Some notable writers for FrontPage include Ann Coulter and President Trump’s adviser Stephen Miller. All of which have failed numerous fact checks.
Funded by / Ownership
FrontPage Magazine is owned by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a conservative foundation founded in 1988 by political activist David Horowitz and his long-time collaborator Peter Collier. It was established with funding from groups including the John M. Olin Foundation, the Bradley Foundation, and the Scaife Foundation. Besides FrontPage Magazine, they also run the Questionable Jihad Watch, which promotes negative information towards Islam. The David Horowitz Freedom Center is a non-profit that generates revenue through donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, FrontPage Magazine promotes extreme right-wing propaganda that utilizes loaded language such as this: LEFTISTS HAVE ALWAYS LIED ABOUT AUSCHWITZ. They also routinely promote President Trump’s immigration agenda such as this: ORWELLIAN SPECTACLE OVERSHADOWS IMMIGRATION DEBATE. The primary purpose of this website is to paint Islam followers negatively, such as this: AMERICA’S NEWEST MUSLIM MARTYR IS A CHILD RAPIST AND KILLER. In general, the stories published on this website serve to portray Islam in a negative light. You will never find a positive story, only murder, rape, and terror.
During 2020, Frontpage Magazine frequently promoted misinformation regarding Coronavirus such as this where they claim there is no science behind wearing a mask. There is significant evidence to indicate a mask is effective at slowing the spread of covid-19. Finally, they promoted election fraud conspiracy theories such as this A Stolen Presidential Election in the Nation’s Election Fraud Capital. As of this date, there is no evidence to suggest there was widespread fraud or that the election was stolen. This is a classic propaganda and conspiracy website that many take seriously.
Failed Fact Checks
- Is Robert S. Khuzami, the deputy U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, an “Obama holdover”? – FALSE
- Social media rumors claimed President Obama dropped leaflets warning ISIS militants of imminent airstrikes against them. – FALSE
- In June 2020, Merriam-Webster said it planned to change its entry on “racism” in its dictionary to show only white people are racist. – FALSE
- Is a Muslim Group Preparing to Patrol Streets in Minneapolis? – FALSE (no evidence)
- “New York Times editor admits Biden sexual assault story censored at behest of Biden campaign.” – MOSTLY FALSE
- U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar once said she hated living in the United States and was better off in a refugee camp in Kenya (or words to that effect). – FALSE
Overall, we rate FrontPage Magazine a Questionable source based on Extreme Right Bias, the promotion of conspiracy theories regarding Islam, as well as propaganda that only reports negatively on Islam. This source has also failed numerous fact checks by IFCN fact-checkers. (10/7/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 5/21/2021)