The American Conservative media bias rating is Right.

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The American Conservative has a Right AllSides Media Bias Rating™. 

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The American Conservative Rated Right in April 2022 Small Group Editorial Review

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

During the review, the AllSides panel noted that TAC issued consistent and prominent assertions of a conservative/right-leaning perspective. A reviewer with a Lean Right bias noted that, as opposed to the GOP party-oriented National Review, "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 noted that the outlet says on its About page that it wants to "reshape the Right, and move the political debate in more hopeful directions," and appears to denounce neo-conservativism. They noted The American Conservative advocated for calling opponents of Florida's Parental Rights in Education law, called the "Don't Say Gay" law by opponents, as "groomers." In a piece titled "Call Them Groomers," the writer stated, "By the left's theory of performative speech, teaching radical sexual theories to kids constitutes grooming."

Content clearly opposed neoconservatism, war-mongering, liberal interventionism, the military industrial complex, crony capitalism, monopolies, corruption, left-wing cultural revolutionaries, and political correctness (dubbed cultural Marxism). 

Reviewers noted that The American Conservative is explicit about its conservative bias, writing on its About page, "The American Conservative exists to advance a “Main Street” conservatism that opposes unchecked power in government and business, promotes the flourishing of families and communities through vibrant markets and free people, and embraces realism and restraint in foreign affairs based on America’s vital national interests."

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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 its editorial bias, including...

  • Its mission is "recapturing the flag of the conservative movement" by adhering to its "institutional maxims" of "ideas over ideology" and "principles over party."
  • Desire to "reshape the Right" and "move the political debate in more hopeful directions."
  • Support of 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."

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Who Owns and Funds The American Conservative

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.

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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

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