The American Conservative media bias rating is Right.

The American Conservative has a Right bias. 

April 2022 Small Group Review

A Small Group Editorial Review by members of the AllSides team determined that The American Conservative's rating should be moved from Lean Right to Right

Reviewers noted consistent and prominent assertions of a conservative or otherwise right-leaning perspective. A reviewer with a Lean Right bias noted that, as opposed to the party-oriented National Review (Right bias), "The American Conservative seems to moreso encompass the beliefs of the new, younger, more reactionary right-wing." A Center-rated reviewer described the outlet's bias as "decidedly different from the more sensational and egregious" bias in some other Right-rated outlets. A reviewer with a Lean Left bias argued that while the outlet said it wanted to "move the political debate in more hopeful directions," it often featured Republicans' most right-leaning rhetoric, such as labeling opponents of Florida's so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill as "groomers."

About The American Conservative

The American Conservative (TAC) is a bi-monthly magazine published by the American Ideas Institute.

The American Conservative's About page contains several specific statements of right-leaning ideology, including that...

  • Its mission is to "recapturing the flag of the conservative movement" by adhering to its "institutional maxims" of "ideas over ideology" and "principles over party."
  • It wants to "reshape the Right" and "move the political debate in more hopeful directions."
  • It supports free enterprise, a strong military, strong families, local communities, voluntary associations, slower rates of immigration, religious liberties, restoring social capital, and "an honest and unvarnished understanding of our proud history and a joyful appreciation of America’s—and the West’s—fantastically rich cultural heritage."
  • It opposes neoconservatism, war-mongering, liberal interventionism, the military industrial complex, crony capitalism, monopolies, corruption, "nasty" cultural revolutionaries and political correctness. 

Funding, Financing and Ownership

Note: Funding and ownership is not taken into account when determining AllSides Media Bias Ratings™. While it's true ownership and financial interests can affect what goes to print, our bias ratings are determined by assessing the bias of content only. We provide financial and ownership information as an FYI to our readers. The American Conservative was founded by Pat Buchanan, Scott McConnell and Taki Theodoracopulos in 2002 in opposition to the Iraq War. The American Conservative is owned by the American Ideas Institute. Jeremy Beer is the Chairman of the Board of the American Ideas Institute. Financing and ownership information last updated March 31, 2021 If you think this information is out of date or needs to be updated, please contact us.

Authors who have written for The American Conservative

Peter Van Buren, James P. Pinkerton, Robert Verbruggen, W. James, J.D. Vance, Rod Dreher, Patrick J. Buchanan