Washington Free Beacon
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Editorial Review: Aug 2022
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About Washington Free Beacon
Washington Free Beacon is featured on the AllSides Media Bias Chart™.
Washington Free Beacon is a news media source with an AllSides Media Bias Rating™ of Right.
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Washington Free Beacon Rated Right in Aug. 2022 Small Group Editorial Review
An August 2022 Small Group Editorial Review by AllSides panelists on the left, center, and right returned a Right rating for the Washington Free Beacon. The panel found some Right bias indicators in the Washington Free Beacon, such as sensationalism, spin, and stories framing President Joe Biden and Democrats negatively.
AllSides panelists noted several instances of slant, with headlines reading, “Biden Promised To Restore ‘Respected Leadership on the World Stage.’ Swing Voters Say He’s Done the Opposite," and, “Tale of Two Admins: Trump Admin Paying Political Consultants Raised ‘Ethical Questions,’ But No Big Deal For Biden.” Much of the news coverage employed negativity bias in its characterization of the Biden administration’s policies in relation to topics like inflation and energy. One section of their news content is labeled “Democrats” and features articles with headlines such as, “Anti-Israel Dems Can’t Stop Blaming Their Primary Losses on the Jews.”
A reviewer on the right noted the use of subjective qualifying adjectives and spin in headlines: “Far-Left Commentator Slurs Black Republican Senate Candidate” and “Iran Boasts It’s ‘One Step Away’ From Nuclear Weapon To ‘Turn New York Into Ruins and Hell.’” One article was critical of “diversity, equity and inclusion” efforts of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, saying such efforts “raise obvious concerns” such as “hypersensitivity, self-censorship, and language policing.”
The Washington Free Beacon named Steve Simon, CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association, their 2021 Man of the Year for “showing the world how easy it is to treat genocidal communists with the contempt they deserve.”
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As of March 2023, people have voted on the AllSides Media Bias Rating for Washington Free Beacon. On average, those who disagree with our rating think this source has a Lean Right bias.
Confidence LevelConfidence is determined by how many reviews have been applied and consistency of data.
As of March 2023, AllSides has medium confidence in our Right rating for Washington Free Beacon. Two bias reviews have affirmed this rating or multiple reviews have returned differing results. If we perform more bias reviews and gather consistent data, this confidence level will increase.
According to the Washington Free Beacon’s About page,
The Washington Free Beacon is a privately owned, for-profit online newspaper that began publication on February 7, 2012. Dedicated to uncovering the stories that the powers that be hope will never see the light of day, the Free Beacon produces in-depth investigative reporting on a wide range of issues, including public policy, government affairs, international security, and media. Whether it’s exposing cronyism, finding out just who is shaping our domestic and foreign policy and why, or highlighting the threats to American security and peace in a dangerous world, the Free Beacon is committed to serving the public interest by reporting news and information that is not being fully covered by other news organizations. [Retrieved by AllSides Aug. 5, 2022]
The Library of Congress describes the Washington Free Beacon as “an American politically conservative political journalism web site.”
The site was founded by Michael Goldfarb, an outspoken conservative described as an “anti-liberal provocateur” by The New York Times.
Washington Free Beacon Ownership and FundingFunding and ownership do not influence bias ratings. We rate the bias of content only.
Owner: Paul Singer
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The Washington Free Beacon is financially backed by Paul Singer, a conservative American businessman and a participant in Republican politics.