The Washington Examiner's media bias Lean Right. AllSides gives this media bias rating with High confidence.
A February 2020 AllSides blind bias survey found that the Washington Examiner maintains a Lean Right bias. During a blind bias survey, people who hail from all sides of the political spectrum and a diverse array of ages and geographic locations rate the bias of content from a media outlet blindly, meaning all identifying branding and information is removed.
Our February 2020 blind bias survey showed that participants who rated themselves as Lean Left, Center, Lean Right, and Right were, on average, in agreement that Washington Examiner content has a Lean Right bias. However, those who identified themselves as being Left rated Washington Examiner content, on average, as being on the border line of Lean Right and Right. The average rating of all respondents was Lean Right.
In Sept. 2018, AllSides conducted an extensive editorial review of the Washington Examiner. Our team decided to move the Washington Examiner from its previous media bias rating of Right to Lean Right.
During an editorial review, the AllSides editorial staff — which includes people from across the political spectrum — reviews the works of a source and comes to a general consensus on its bias. During our Sept. 2018 review, AllSides noted that the Washington Examiner's media bias is reflected in the fact that its story choice is conservative, but stories are not presented in a way that is sensationalist or exaggerated. The Washington Examiner does showcase Democratic or Left-leaning points of view, even giving them a place as a top headline, and covers different sides of various issues.
Washington Examiner Ownership
The Washington Examiner is owned by MediaDC, a subsidiary of Clarity Media Group, which is owned by Philip Anschutz. With The Examiner, Anschutz wanted to create a competitor to The Washington Post (which AllSides rates as a Lean Left media bias) with a conservative editorial page. According to Politico, "When it came to the editorial page, Anschutz's instructions were explicit—he 'wanted nothing but conservative columns and conservative op-ed writers,' said one former employee."
According to its publisher, 26% of The Examiner's readership holds a master's or postgraduate degree.
About The Washington Examiner
The Washington Examiner is a free daily newspaper published in Springfield, Virginia, and distributed in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. It is owned by Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz. When Anschutz started the Examiner in its current format, he envisioned creating a conservative competitor to The Washington Post.>
According to Wikipedia, "The paper became influential in conservative political circles, hiring much of the talent from The Washington Times and replacing the Times as the primary conservative paper in the capital city.The website DCist wrote in March 2013 that "Despite the right-wing tilt of its editorial pages and sensationalist front-page headlines, it also built a reputation as one of the best local sections in D.C."
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 Washington Examiner is owned by MediaDC, a subsidiary of Clarity Media Group, which is owned by Philip Anschutz. Philip Anschutz is #50 on Forbes’s Richest People in America. Anschutz has a net worth of over 10 billion dollars. Among other businesses, Anschutz owns the Weekly Standard publication.
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.