These media sources are slight to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appeals to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
Overall, we rate The American Conservative Right-Center Biased based on story selection that moderately favors the Right and does not hesitate to criticize Republicans (Trump) when not adhering to conservative policy. We also rate them as Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to not always sourcing information.
Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL Country: USA Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE Media Type: Magazine Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2002 and published by the American Ideas Institute, The American Conservative (TAC) is a bi-monthly journal of right-leaning opinion. According to their about page, they state, “The American Conservative exists to promote a “Main Street” conservatism that opposes unchecked power in government and business; promotes the flourishing of families and communities through vibrant markets and free people; and embraces realism and restraint in foreign affairs based on America’s vital national interests.”
The American Conservative is owned by the American Ideas Institute, a nonprofit organization that advances political conservationism. Sponsored content, advertising, and subscription fees generate revenue. The website does not disclose donor information.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The American Conservative has argued against American interventionism, against a debt-based fiscal policy, and against the intrusions on Americans’ private lives by the institutions and mores that exist and the wisdom that underlies them. The American Conservative is a very well-written source with a libertarian perspective.
While they do not support a New Green Deal’s progressive agenda, they acknowledge that action must be taken, albeit with a more free-market approach. Regardless of solutions, TAC supports the consensus of science. However, during the 2020 Presidential election, they have promoted election fraud information contrary to the findings of election experts. The article Memorandum: How The 2020 Election Could Have Been Stolen does not produce a single link to outside sources to verify the author’s opinions.
Editorially, they support limited government, limited military presence in other countries, and general nationalism. In other words, this is a libertarian/paleo-conservative organization. They generally publish mostly opinion-based content that is mostly factual but sometimes uses poor sourcing techniques.
Failed Fact Checks
None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate The American Conservative Right-Center Biased based on story selection that moderately favors the Right and does not hesitate to criticize Republicans (Trump) when not adhering to conservative policy. We also rate them as Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to not always sourcing information. (7/19/2016) (Updated D. Van Zandt 01/05/2023)