These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate Trending Politics a borderline Questionable, Right Biased source based on story selection and editorial positions that routinely favor the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to use of poor sources, occasional promotion of conspiracy theories and a failed fact check.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 2019, Trending Politics is a hyper-partisan conservative news and opinion website. They fully disclose their bias on the about page as follows: “We provide conservative commentary on the news stories of the day. Studies have shown that 90%+ of the stories about President Trump is negative, so we like to bring the other side of the story to you. With that being said, we aren’t shy to admit we’re biased. The majority of our articles will have a good amount of Pro-Trump opinion weaved into it.”
They do not disclose editors or ownership on the website.
Funded by / Ownership
Trending Politics does not openly state who owns them, however social media links on the homepage connect with Ilovemyfreedom.org, which we have rated as a Questionable source. I Love My Freedom discloses on their about page that “ILoveMyFreedom.org is Co-Owned by A. Ferretti, R. Nosbish, Jack Murphy and Clayton Keirns. We are proud to say that we’ve never taken a single penny from any donor and we are completely funded by our loyal customers and subscribers by the revenue generated through the website.” They also have an online store that sells Pro-Trump and Conservative merchandise. Trending Politics displays ads and links to the ILoveMyFreedom store.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Trending Politics rarely publishes original reporting, but rather offers commentary to news stories from other sources. Headlines and wording of articles often use emotionally loaded language such as this: House Democrats Sue Trump For Another Ridiculous Reason. This story is sourced to the Questionable Breitbart, which has failed numerous fact checks. When it comes to sourcing of information they uses of combination of credible sources such as the New York Times, Politico and Reuters as well as poor sources such as the Gateway Pundit and Defiant America.
Editorially, story selection always favors the right and typically reports on President Trump positively: Don’t Impeach Trump. He Puts America, Not Ukraine, First and negatively on liberals such as this, Schiff Exposed After Report Reveals Disturbing Ties Within His Own Committee. Trending Politics also promotes conspiracy theories such as this: Investigation Into Ilhan Omar Reveals Fraudulent Tax Returns Possibly Linked to Marriage to Her Brother. Fact checkers have determined that the claim she married her brother is unproven and hence a conspiracy theory at this point.
A factual search reveals a failed fact check.
Overall, we rate Trending Politics a borderline Questionable, Right Biased source based on story selection and editorial positions that routinely favor the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to use of poor sources, occasional promotion of conspiracy theories and a failed fact check. (D. Van Zandt 11/27/2019)