The Federalist – Bias and Credibility

The Federalist - Right Bias - Questionable - Conservative - Not Credible or ReliableFactual Reporting: Mixed - Not always Credible or Reliable


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  • Overall, we rate The Federalist Questionable and far-Right Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that always favor the right and promotion of propaganda, conspiracy theories, and numerous failed fact checks.

Detailed Report

Questionable Reasoning: Conspiracy Theories, Propaganda, Failed Fact Checks
Bias Rating: RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: USA
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY


The Federalist is an English-language online magazine that covers politics, policy, culture, and religion. The Federalist has been described as influential in conservative and libertarian circles. The site was co-founded by Ben Domenech and Sean Davis and launched in September 2013. The current editors are David Harsanyi and Mollie Hemingway

On March 26th, 2020, Twitter locked the site’s account for violating its rules against spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.

Read our profile on the United States government and media.

Funded by / Ownership

According to the website, The Federalist is a wholly independent division of FDRLST Media. The website is funded through online advertising and paid subscriptions to newsletters.


The Federalist is a news and opinion website that reports with a right-wing bias that typically favors the right and denigrates the left. There is the frequent use of loaded emotional language: The New York Times Hit Piece On Mike Pence Is Anti-Christian Bigotry, Plain And Simple. In general, The Federalist sources all of their information from credible mainstream outlets; however, they sometimes use sources that we have rated mixed for factual reporting, such as the Daily Caller.

According to an article from the left-leaning Daily Beast, The Federalist was openly critical of Donald Trump before he won the election but has become a strong supporter of his Presidency and agenda. Further, In November 2017, The Federalist came under criticism from both conservatives and liberals for publishing an opinion piece by Ouachita Baptist University philosopher Tully Borland defending Roy Moore’s dating of teenagers while he was in his 30s and arguing that such behavior was “not without some merit if one wants to raise a large family.”


Regarding reporting on scientific issues, The Federalist often does not align with experts’ consensus in the field. For example, in this article, the author claims that “I am a skeptic when it comes to climate change. To be clear, I don’t doubt that the climate changes — obviously it does. I don’t doubt that human activity affects this change. What that effect is, and to what extent it influences the entire system, I don’t know. As a scientific concept, I have no opinion on climate change.”

The author does seem to have an opinion on Climate change when he states, “So, simply put, I am a climate change skeptic because the people advocating it do not act as if it were a verified scientific conclusion.” Although the author freely admits he is not an expert and cannot generate an opinion on the scientific concept, he does not need to think because there is a strong scientific consensus on the impact of human-influenced climate change.

The Federalist has also promoted pseudoscience claiming that there is a link between Abortions and Breast Cancer. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, there is “no causal relationship between induced abortion and a subsequent increase in breast cancer risk.” Finally, as seen in the failed fact checks section they often false and misleading information regarding Covid-19. In general, The Federalist is not a credible source of information.

Failed Fact Checks

Overall, we rate The Federalist as Questionable and far-Right Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that always favor the right and promotion of propaganda, conspiracy theories, and numerous failed fact checks. (8/8/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 12/08/2022)


This poll is for entertainment purposes and does not change our overall rating.


Last Updated on July 1, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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