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.
- In 2017, The Weekly Standard became the first conservative fact-checker to join Facebook’s Fact Checking Network and is a signatory of the International Fact Checking Network, which Media Bias Fact Check uses to determine factual reporting for our source reviews.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Update: On 12/14/2018 The Weekly Standard announced they will cease publishing as of 12/17/2018.
The Weekly Standard is an American neoconservative opinion magazine published 48 times per year. Its founding publisher, News Corporation, debuted the title on September 18, 1995. The Weekly Standard has been called the “Neo-Con Bible” by several sources. The founders are William Kristol and Fred Barnes. The current editor is Stephen F. Hayes.
Funded by / Ownership
The Weekly Standard is owned by Clarity Media Group, which also owns other right-leaning publications such as the San Francisco Examiner and the Washington Examiner. The Magazine is funded through a subscription and advertising model.
Analysis / Bias
The Weekly Standard has a solid reputation for well written conservative journalism featuring prominent writers such as Tucker Carlson, Brit Hume, and PJ O’Rourke. The Weekly Standard typically publishes articles that are favorable to the right and uses moderately loaded wording such as this: Are Conservatives Giving Up On Democracy? When reporting on President Trump the Weekly Standard is neither openly for, or against him, but rather reports factually with a conservative-leaning opinion. When it comes to sourcing information, they tend to use quotes as they are a print magazine. Articles on the website are properly sourced with hyperlinks to credible media outlets.
In 2017, The Weekly Standard became the first conservative fact-checker to join Facebook’s Fact Checking Network and is a signatory of the International Fact Checking Network, which Media Bias Fact Check uses to determine factual reporting for our source reviews. (7/19/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 8/9/2018)