These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal 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 Bulwark Right-Center Biased based on story selection and political affiliation that moderately favors the right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2018 by Charlie Sykes and William Kristol, The Bulwark is a news and opinion website featuring many staff from the now-defunct right-leaning Weekly Standard. The Weekly Standard editor-in-chief Charlie Sykes said “the murder of the Standard made it urgently necessary to create a home for rational, principled, fact-based center-right voices who were not cowed by Trumpism.”
Funded by / Ownership
The Bulwark is a project of the Defending Democracy Together Institute, a 501(c)(3) conservative advocacy group led in part by The Weekly Standard co-founder William Kristol. The Bulwark and its parent company Defending Democracy Together Institute is funded through donations. According to the right leaning Influence Watch, Defending Democracy Together is a right-center advocacy organization primarily funded by the left-center Hewitt Foundation, that is described as a “nonprofit dedicated to incubating and assembling pro-democracy voices. . . created by conservatives uncomfortable with the flamboyant rhetoric that can come from President Trump.”
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Bulwark has essentially started where the Weekly Standard left off, which is as a conservative publisher who does not support President Trump. Please do not confuse this with a left-biased source. They are a right-leaning source and reject most progressive and mainstream democratic ideals. For example, they use moderately loaded words that denigrate Hillary Clinton here: If Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Shut Up She’ll Re-Elect Trump. Despite the loaded headline, this story is properly sourced to Know Your Meme and the Washington Post. Besides original reporting, the website also features a news aggregator that sources the Left-leaning Washington Post, the Centrist Voice of America, and the Right-leaning National Review. In general, this is a moderate right leaning source, that does not support Trump. It might not be the Weekly Standard 2.0, but it is pretty close and a credible source for right-leaning information.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate the Bulwark Right-Center Biased based on story selection and political affiliation that moderately favors the right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 4/30/2019)