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 information reporting that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate OutKick Right Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that routinely favor the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a lack of transparency, misinformation promotion, and failed fact checks.
Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2011 by sports commentator Clay Travis, OutKick is a sports news website featuring conservative political opinions. The website lacks transparency as they do not offer an about page or disclose ownership. In 2021, Clay Travis and Buck Sexton formed a conservative radio program that took over Rush Limbaugh’s radio time slot.
Funded by / Ownership
Fox Corp, held by the Murdoch family, owns and publishes Outkick. The sale of merchandise, advertising and subscription fees generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, OutKick primarily covers professional and college sports news such as Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, and Golf. All stories are tagged to their groups, such as NFL or Gambling. Sports news articles and headlines tend to have sensationalized headlines such as this Oklahoma Placeholder Spencer Jones Gets Absolutely Destroyed During Bar Bathroom Fight. Sports articles are generally appropriately sourced.
Editorially, OutKick features a Politics tag that primarily publishes political news related to sports and sometimes social issues. Political reporting often favors the right by promoting a conservative perspective such as this TED CRUZ CRUSHES JACK DORSEY ON TECH CENSORSHIP and this TRUMP DOMINATING EARLY 2024 PRIMARY POLL; DESANTIS THE BEST OPTION?.
There is evidence that Outkick occasionally publishes articles that promote misinformation. For example, they frequently promote anti-mask propaganda related to covid-19 TOP INFECTIOUS DISEASE EXPERT WARNS DOUBLE-MASKING CAN ENHANCE CHANCES OF INFECTION. While this article and the others are not saying that you shouldn’t wear a mask, the frequent negative reporting on mask-wearing may be misleading to some. They have also promoted information about vaccines with statements such as this “We were right. The COVID-19 vaccinations don’t do jack squat.” This statement is false as vaccines have proven very effective at preventing hospitalization and death. In general, news reporting is not always factual and promotes a one-sided conservative bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- During a conversation with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, President Biden was caught on camera falling asleep. – False
- Comedy Central “caved to cancel culture” and stopped airing The Office’s “Diversity Day” episode in August 2021. – False
- Denmark banned COVID-19 vaccines for anyone under 50. – Inaccurate
Overall, we rate OutKick Right Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that routinely favor the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a lack of transparency, misinformation promotion, and failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 2/22/2021) Updated (09/19/2022)
Last Updated on September 19, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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