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 Spectator UK Right-Center biased based on story selection and editorial positions that moderately favor the right. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High, due to misleading articles and a few failed fact checks regarding climate change.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Country: United Kingdom
World Press Freedom Rank: UK 35/180
Notes: The Spectator is a weekly British conservative magazine. It was first published on 6 July 1828, making it the oldest continuously published magazine in the English language. The magazine covers politics, culture, and current affairs as well as arts pages on books, music, opera, and film and TV reviews.
Many previous editors of The Spectator have gone on to have careers as conservative politicians. These include Boris Johnson (1999–2005) and other former cabinet members Iain Macleod, Ian Gilmour, and Nigel Lawson. The current editor is Fraser Nelson.
The Spectator also has USA and Australian versions.
Funded by / Ownership
The Spectator is currently owned by David and Frederick Barclay who also own the right-leaning The Daily Telegraph newspaper, via Press Holdings. Revenue is generated through fee-based subscriptions and the sale of classifieds advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Spectator primarily covers politics and culture with a right-leaning bias in story selection. Headlines and articles usually contain moderately loaded language that favors the right such as this: Theresa May’s Brexit strategy has humiliated Britain and this Cambridge’s shameful decision to rescind Jordan Peterson’s visiting fellowship. Information contained in articles is typically properly sourced to credible media outlets or via direct quotes. The Spectator has also published misleading articles regarding climate change.
Editorially, The Spectator is generally Eurosceptic in outlook, favoring close ties with the United States rather than with the European Union, and supportive of Israel. In British politics, they are generally strongly opposed to the Labour Party and favor the Conservative Party and are often critical of Conservative Party Prime Minister Theresa May for not being strong enough on Brexit.
Overall, we rate The Spectator UK Right-Center biased based on story selection and editorial positions that moderately favor the right. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High, due to misleading articles and a few failed fact checks regarding climate change. (D. Van Zandt 12/1/2016) Updated (9/17/2019)