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About The Dispatch
The Dispatch is featured on the AllSides Media Bias Chart™.
The Dispatch is a news media source with an AllSides Media Bias Rating™ of Lean Right.
The Dispatch is a right-leaning digital media company offering original reporting and commentary on conservative news and politics through podcasts, newsletters and articles. It was co-founded in 2019 by conservative journalists Stephen Hayes and Jonah Goldberg, a former National Review editor.
While The Dispatch's About page says, "We don’t apologize for our conservatism," it also pledges to cover news stories "without concern for whether the facts prove inconvenient to any party or politician."
What a "Lean Right" Rating Means
Sources with an AllSides Media Bias Rating of Lean Right display media bias in ways that moderately align with conservative, traditional, libertarian, or right-wing thought and/or policy agendas. A Lean Right bias is a moderately conservative rating on the political spectrum.Learn more about Lean Right ratings
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April 2022 Independent Review
An independent review of The Dispatch by a member of the AllSides team confirmed the Lean Right rating. The team member noted most of The Dispatch's content argued generally center or center-right political positions but often from a decidedly conservative or religious perspective. For instance, one newsletter referred to the U.S. pullout from Afghanistan as "botched," but another argued that "Christian hearts and minds" should not be closed to "challenging debates about race and justice."
The reviewer noted that if The Dispatch were to be rated anything other than Lean Right, it would likely be rated Center. The outlet's explicit statement of its conservatism also informed the rating.
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As of February 2023, people have voted on the AllSides Media Bias Rating for The Dispatch. On average, those who disagree with our rating think this source has a Center bias.
As of April 2022, 282 AllSides readers agreed with the Lean Right rating, and 172 disagreed; on average, those who disagreed thought The Dispatch should be rated Center.
Confidence LevelConfidence is determined by how many reviews have been applied and consistency of data.
As of February 2023, AllSides has low or initial confidence in our Lean right rating for The Dispatch. If we perform more bias reviews and gather consistent data, this confidence level will increase.
Third-Party Accusations of Bias
In November 2021, Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes quit contributing to Fox News (Right bias) to protest Tucker Carlson's January 6th documentary, which they called "a collection of incoherent conspiracy-mongering, riddled with factual inaccuracies, half-truths, deceptive imagery, and damning omissions." An article in The Daily Wire (Right bias) called the Dispatch founders "never-Trumpers."