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 appealing 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 World 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.
Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Country: United Kingdom (33/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Magazine
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
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, current affairs, and arts pages on books, music, opera, and film and TV reviews.
In 2018, they launched Spectator World, which is published monthly, covering stories from the weekly magazine.
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 Freddy Gray.
The Spectator also has the 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. Fee-based subscriptions and the sale of classifieds advertising generates revenue.
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: Left is the new right and this What does Vladimir Putin have on Joe Biden? 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 supporting Israel. In British politics, they are generally strongly opposed to the Labour Party and favor the Conservative Party. In the USA, they have an unfavorable opinion of Democratic President Joe Biden, as evidenced above.
Failed Fact Checks
- None by the world edition, but the Spectator has failed fact checks.
Overall, we rate The Spectator World 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 07/09/2021)