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 Dispatch Right-Center biased based on story selection and editorial positions that moderately favor 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 early 2020 by Steven Hayes (Weekly Standard) and Jonah Goldberg (National Review), The Dispatch is a news and opinion newsletter, podcast, and website reporting from a conservative perspective. According to their about page “We are a digital media company providing engaged citizens with fact-based reporting and commentary on politics, policy, and culture—informed by conservative principles. We deliver that work in newsletters, articles, and podcasts.” Steven Hayes serves as CEO and editor, while Jonah Goldberg serves as Editor-in-Chief.
On May 15, 2020, The Dispatch became a signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network, which sets a uniform set of standards for fact-checkers to abide by.
Funded by / Ownership
The Dispatch website does not clearly state ownership, however, it is assumed that Hayes and Goldberg as co-founders are the owners. Revenue is derived through subscriptions via Substack.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Dispatch provides a daily newsletter to subscribers as well as several podcasts and a website that displays free news and opinion content, including fact checks. Articles and headlines often use moderately loaded emotional language such as this: Bernie Sanders and the Rise of Woke Marxism. This story, like most, is well written and properly sourced to credible media outlets such as the LA Times, New York Times, and National Review. Editorially, story selection often favors the more centrist right with stories moderately negative toward Democrats such as this Why Is the Democratic Party Even Having Another Debate?, while at the same time not always reporting favorably on President Trump such as this: Trump Has a Chance to Unite Americans on Coronavirus. A quote from the article reads “It appears finally to have been enough for Donald Trump. The president, who in recent weeks has frequently downplayed the severity of the coronavirus, addressed the nation about the crisis Wednesday night.”
We do not review podcasts, however, we did review The Dispatch’s fact checks and found them credible and accurate. A review, of their fact checks, demonstrates that they check both Democrats and Republicans such as this: Has Donald Trump ‘Always Known’ Coronavirus ‘Is a Pandemic’? and Did Joe Biden Really Say ‘We Can Only Re-Elect Donald Trump’? (The Dispatch is a signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network which MBFC uses to fact check sources) In general, The Dispatch reports news factually with a moderate conservative bias in story selection and editorial content.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate The Dispatch Right-Center biased based on story selection and editorial positions that moderately favor the right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 3/18/2020) Updated (6/9/2020)