Breitbart has a Right media bias rating.
Table of Contents
- Breitbart Fact Check Section Also Shares Right Bias: July 2021 Editorial Review
- Breitbart Audience Political Leaning
- Community Feedback
- About Breitbart News
- Funding, Financing and Ownership
Breitbart Fact Check Section Also Shares Right Bias: July 2021 Editorial Review
There was bias in story choice, as Breitbart fact checks the left far more than the right. Secondly, there was the use of opinions and sensationalism in some articles labeled as fact checks, such as “welcome to Salem, welcome to another witch hunt, another race hoax.”
We noted an instance of an unsubstantiated claim, such as in this article, where the author claims “crime fell in most places at the start of the pandemic,” but only provides a source showing a drop in crime in California to back this up.
Breitbart Audience Political Leaning
According to the 2014 Pew Research Study, Where News Audiences Fit on the Political Spectrum, a majority (79%) of Breitbart readers held political values to the political right or right-of-center. About 7% of Breitbart's audience held left or left-of-center political values (compared with 38% of all respondents to the survey). Roughly 14% of Breitbart's audience was considered to hold mixed or center-aligned political values (compared with 36% of all respondents to the survey).
As of August 2019, a small number of AllSides readers (7,950) disagreed with our rating of Right for Breitbart. Those who disagreed gave Breitbart an average bias rating of 27.6, meaning they believed Breitbart to be closer to a Lean Right rating. Community votes do not determine our ratings; they simply act as valuable feedback that our ratings may be off.
About Breitbart News
Breitbart News Network is a politically conservative American news and opinion website headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with additional bureaus in Texas, London and Jerusalem. Breitbart was founded in 2007 by conservative commentator and entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart. It initially featured wire stories and direct links to a number of major international organizations. Since then, Breitbart has developed to include more original content, with website components including BigHollywood.com, BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com.
Breitbart has been involved in notable, often controversial stories, including:
- The ACORN 2009 undercover videos controversy. See details on Wikipedia, Christian Science Monitor, and Breitbart.
- The firing of Shirley Sherrod. See details on Wikipedia and articles on Breitbart.
- The Anthony Weiner sexting scandal.
- The “Friends of Hamas” story. See coverage on Breitbart and the New Yorker.
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.
Breitbart is owned by Breitbart News Network LLC. Andrew Breitbart founded and launched Breitbart.com as a news aggregator in 2005. After the death of Andrew Breitbart in 2012, Larry Solov became CEO and president of Breitbart News. According to BuzzFeed's Steve Perlberg; Solov appeared before the Standing Committee of the Senate Press Gallery in Nov. 2016 to secure official Capitol Hill credentials. In the meeting, Solov revealed that the owners are himself, founder Andrew Breitbart's widow, Susie Breitbart, and the Mercer family. Breitbart's family owns the largest stake.
Financing and ownership information last updated March 11, 2021 If you think this information is out of date or needs to be updated, please contact us.