As the public increasingly looks for unbiased news and different perspectives to get the full story, many struggle to find reputable conservative sources. The average news reader can probably guess Fox News and Breitbart are right-leaning, but neither produces the best-researched, most unbiased news articles among conservative sites. So, what are the best sources for credible conservative news?
We analyzed 1,000 articles each from 240 news sources from across the political spectrum and then used that data to identify the top sources for conservative news. Here is the breakdown of the top 10 publications based on their average Factual Grade.
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|Rankings||Publication||Average Factual Grade|
|7||San Diego Union Tribune||64.5%|
|8||Wall Street Journal||64.5%|
Top 10 Conservative News Sources
Reason Magazine | Political Bias: Moderate Right | Average Factual Grade: 70.2%
A monthly American libertarian magazine sporting the motto “Free minds and free markets.”
Top Article: “55 Percent of Police Killings Are Misclassified as Other Causes of Death” by Elizabeth Nolan Brown (Grade 91%)
Washington Examiner | Political Bias: Moderate Right | Average Factual Grade: 70.2%
A political news website and weekly magazine with the original goal of being a conservative competitor to the Washington Post.
Top Article: “Blue cities forge ahead with their own police reforms” by Sarah Westwood (Grade 89%)
National Interest | Political Bias: Moderate Right | Average Factual Grade: 68.2%
A bimonthly conservative magazine focused on international relations and anchored in realism.
Top Article: “700 Nuclear Tests: How Russia Sent Cancerous Radiation Everywhere” by Kyle Mizokami (Grade 89%)
Deseret News | Political Bias: Moderate Right | Average Factual Grade: 67.6%
A newspaper local to Salt Lake City, Utah, and a consistent producer of high-quality national news coverage.
Top Article: “How Republicans plan to beat ‘Biden Democrats’ and take back Congress” by D. Hunter Schwarz (Grade 84%)
AL.com (Alabama News) | Political Bias: Moderate Right | Average Factual Grade: 69.4%
Specializing in coverage of Alabama, AL.com also produces nation-wide news.
Top Article: “Voter suppression or election security? Alabama lawmakers squabble over election reforms” by John Sharp (Grade 89%)
Conservative Institute | Political Bias: Right | Average Factual Grade: 66.6%
A producer of “premium news and analysis from a conservative worldview,” the site seeks to provide quality content to conservative audiences.
Top Article: “Steve Bannon says he won’t cooperate with January 6 committee” by Adam Peters (Grade 85%)
San Diego Union Tribune | Political Bias: Moderate Right | Average Factual Grade: 64.5%
The primary paper of San Diego, it offers coverage of southern California as well as the country’s top headlines.
Top Article: “Mexico’s president looks to upend energy reform measures” by John Sharp by Rob Nikolewski (Grade 83%)
Wall Street Journal | Political Bias: Moderate Right | Average Factual Grade: 64.5%
One of the largest newspapers by circulation in the U.S., the WSJ also has a global footprint.
Top Article: “To Prevent the Next Pandemic, Scientists Seek One Vaccine for Many Coronaviruses” by Betsy McKay (Grade 82%)
Detroit News | Political Bias: Moderate Right | Average Factual Grade: 64.0%
Detroit News offers local coverage of Michigan in addition to the country’s top headlines.
Top Article: “Bipartisan House group endorses Biden-Senate infrastructure deal” by Riley Beggin and Melissa Nann Burke (Grade 81%)
Military Times | Political Bias: Moderate Right | Average Factual Grade: 64.0%
A news source focused on informing service members at home and deployed around the world.
Top Article: “How to hold an extremism stand-down” by Howard Altman and Meghann Myers (Grade 84%)
To put these scores into perspective, the average for all 240 news sources analyzed by The Factual was about 62.0%, meaning these 10 sources all score above average.
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This blog was updated with new data on December 6, 2021.
Here are the top 25 conservative sites in this analysis, along with their average Factual Grade.
|Publisher||Average Factual Grade||Political Bias|
|1||Reason Magazine||70.2%||Moderate Right|
|2||Washington Examiner||70.2%||Moderate Right|
|3||National Interest||68.8%||Moderate Right|
|4||Deseret News||67.6%||Moderate Right|
|7||San Diego Union Tribune||64.5%||Moderate Right|
|8||Wall Street Journal||64.5%||Moderate Right|
|9||Detroit News||64.0%||Moderate Right|
|10||Military Times||64.0%||Moderate Right|
|12||Dallas Morning News||63.4%||Moderate Right|
|13||Real Clear Politics||62.9%||Moderate Right|
|14||Orlando Sentinel||62.0%||Moderate Right|
|15||Chicago Tribune||61.3%||Moderate Right|
|17||Christianity Today||60.7%||Moderate Right|
|18||Orange County Register||60.4%||Moderate Right|
|19||Washington Times||59.7%||Moderate Right|
|20||Daily Herald||59.7%||Moderate Right|
|21||American Conservative||56.9%||Moderate Right|
Note: The Factual does not always capture all publication output for each news site. The scores presented only reflect the articles that we’ve analyzed. Some sites, such as the Wall Street Journal, are only partially accessible to our algorithm.