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 Newsmax moderately right biased based on editorial positions that favor the right and Mixed for factual reporting due to deceptive advertising that appears as news links, but leads to sensational pseudoscience information.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Newsmax is an American conservative news and opinion website founded by Christopher Ruddy in 1998 and based in West Palm Beach Florida. Christopher Ruddy is the president and CEO of Newsmax Media. According to an Atlantic article, Ruddy is also a close friend of Donald Trump. The website is divided into four main sections: Newsmax, Newsmax Health, Newsmax Finance, and Newsmax World, each divided into various subsections. Newsmax Media also operates a print magazine called Newsmax as well as the cable news channel Newsmax TV.
Funded by / Ownership
Newsmax is owned by Christopher Ruddy who is the CEO of Newsmax Media. Newsmax is funded through advertising and via a paid subscription to their platinum plan, which allows more access to content.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Newsmax has a category on their side bar called Around the Web, which is nothing more than deceptive advertising that looks like news links and leads to fake pseudo-science information and products. For example: “Suffer with Low Energy, Weight Gain & Fatigue”, which leads to a new website promoting products. In another category called Specials, they publish news with sensational headlines such as: “Nobel Prize Winning Discovery Makes Your Cells Nearly “Immortal” SPECIAL: New way to grow biologically younger,“ which again leads to an advertisement.
When reporting real news, Newsmax uses minimally loaded words in their headlines and articles such as “NYT: Growing Puerto Rican Population Could Offset GOP Cubans” and moderately loaded: “FEMA’s Long: No Time For San Juan Mayor’s ‘Political Noise’. Newsmax also aggregates news stories from credible sources such as Reuters and the AP. Editorially, Newsmax leans strongly right, with most editorials favoring the right, such as “Could Google Lose the Left?”, which first appeared in the right biased Conservative Review.
A factual search reveals that Newsmax has not failed a fact check when it comes to news reporting.
Overall, we rate Newsmax moderately right biased based on editorial positions that favor the right and Mixed for factual reporting due to deceptive advertising that appears as news links, but leads to sensational pseudoscience information. (M. Huitsing 10/8/2017) Updated (2/9/2019)