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 USA Right-Center biased based on story selection and editorial positions that moderately favor the right. We also rate them mostly factual in reporting due to a failed fact check.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2018, The Spectator USA is the United States version of the British Magazine Spectator UK which was founded in 1828. The Spectator UK is the oldest magazine in the world. According to their about page, they state “Our writers hold no party line; their only allegiance is to clarity of thought, elegance of expression and independence of opinion. Our writers’ opinions range from left to right, their circumstances vary.” The current editor is Freddy Gray, who was formerly literary editor of The American Conservative.
Funded by / Ownership
The Spectator USA 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 advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Spectator USA 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: A fresh assassination of Brett Kavanaugh’s character and this Trump will be re-elected because of left-liberal stupidity. Information contained in articles is typically properly sourced to credible media outlets or via direct quotes.
Editorially, The Spectator USA is generally conservative in outlook, favoring the policies of President Trump and supportive of Israel. In general, story selection moderately favors the right, and information is usually properly sourced. However, during the 2020 election, they made a false claim regarding voter fraud.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate the Spectator USA Right-Center biased based on story selection and editorial positions that moderately favor the right. We also rate them mostly factual in reporting due to a failed fact check. (D. Van Zandt 9/17/2019) Updated (12/12/2020)