- Overall, we rate The Blaze strongly Right Biased and Questionable based on the promotion of conspiracy theories and numerous failed fact checks.
Questionable Reasoning: Conspiracy Theories, Propaganda, Failed Fact Checks
Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: USA (45/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: TV Station
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2011, The Blaze is an American conservative pay television network and website founded by talk radio personality Glenn Beck, based in Irving, Texas. The Blaze has studios and offices based in the Las Colinas urban district in Irving and Los Angeles. On December 3, 2018, The Blaze’s television arm merged with CRTV, the subscription video arm of Conservative Review.
Funded by / Ownership
Blaze Media LLC owns Blaze Media. Advertising and video generate revenue for Blaze Media.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Blaze reports news with a far-right bias that utilizes strong loaded words such as New Jersey Democrats propose a gerrymandering plan that would give them a permanent majority. This story properly sources from mainstream media outlets. Story selection almost always favors the right on The Blaze, and there is a heavy Christian bias. Again, The Blaze typically sources information appropriately but is selective in the stories they run and how they are presented to favor the right.
A 2014 Pew Research Survey found that 7% of The Blaze’s audience is consistently or mostly liberal, 8% Mixed, and 85% consistently or mostly conservative. This indicates that a more conservative audience strongly prefers them.
During the 2020 Presidential election, The Blaze advanced conspiracy theories related to election fraud. See Fact Checks below.
Failed Fact Checks
- [O]ne of the previously fastest shrinking glaciers in the world is growing again, calling into question the narrative that rapid climate change […] poses a significant threat to the existence of the human race – False
- A high school in Tempe, Arizona, banned patriotic apparel and Trump shirts from a football game. – False
- The girl was flown to a military hospital where physicians found DNA from 30 men inside her young body. – False
- “Pro-mask study withdrawn after the virus spread in counties analyzed by researchers”; “masks don’t work” – Incorrect
- “1,000+ mail-in-ballots found in a dumpster in California.” – False
- Pennsylvania rejected 372,000 mail-in ballots – False
Overall, we rate The Blaze strongly Right Biased and Questionable based on the promotion of conspiracy theories and numerous failed fact checks. (7/19/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 03/11/2021)