Myth Of Liberal Internet Shattered: 9/15 Top Media Sites Conservative

Another myth seeded, fueled, and fanned by the right wing has been shown to be false.  A study examined a number of statistics for the leading internet media websites that focus on politics, including monthly site hits, Quantcast rating, and Alexa global traffic rank.  The results conclusively prove that the top political media sites on the internet are dominated by a conservative bias.

Some of the results by eBiz (shown below) are rather surprising.  Far right wing Newsmax and The Free Republic make the list, as do the extremist sites Townhall and Hotair.  The myth of the “liberal internet media” is likely being perpetuation for the same reason it is for broadcast media: to try to dictate the narrative.

“I admit it — the liberal media were never that powerful, and the whole thing was often used as an excuse by conservatives for conservative failures.” -William Kristol, New Yorker, 5/22/95

The results are similar to a 1998 comprehensive report by Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting that shattered the myth of the supposedly “liberal” main stream media.  They also point out that NPR even cites four times as many conservative think tanks as liberal ones in their reporting.  It is also well established that conservative to far-right spokesman dominate both talk radio and the opinion pages of the nation’s newspapers.

Although the myth of the liberal mass media has been used by conservatives since the 1970′s as an agitprop, at times the accusations were focused by well financed propaganda outlets like the “Media Research Center”.

 

“bastions of alleged liberalism like the Washington Post and ABC News have grown increasingly cowed by false complaints of liberal bias and hence, progressively more sympathetic to the most outlandish conservative complaints.” -Alterman

In terms of political internet media, the results of the eBiz study are equally as telling.  9 of the top 15 are conservative websites, 50% more than the remaining 6, of which 4 being liberal and 2 centrist.

Most people would consider the following to have a conservative bias: Drudge Report, Politico, Newsmax, The Washington Times, Real Clear Politics, Free Republic, National Review, Townhall, and Michelle Malkin’s Hotair  Likewise most people would consider the following to have a liberal bias, ranging from center-left to strong leftist: Huffington Post, Salon, Daily Kos, TPM.  Opinions differ on the Christian Science Monitor and The Hill, although they predominantly appear to be more centrist in nature.

 

 

1 | HuffingtonPost
67 – eBizMBA Rank | 35,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 53 – Compete Rank | 26 – Quantcast Rank | 122 – Alexa Rank.

2 | Drudge Report
377 – eBizMBA Rank | 14,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 616 – Compete Rank | 71 – Quantcast Rank | 444 – Alexa Rank.

3 | Politico
769 – eBizMBA Rank | 5,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 794 – Compete Rank | 321 – Quantcast Rank | 1,192 – Alexa Rank.

4 | Salon
1,040 – eBizMBA Rank | 4,300,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,119 – Compete Rank | 440 – Quantcast Rank | 1,560 – Alexa Rank.

5 | Newsmax
1,296 – eBizMBA Rank | 4,200,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 699 – Compete Rank | 608 – Quantcast Rank | 2,581 – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Political WebsitesUpdated 4/20/2011

6 | CSMonitor
1,453 – eBizMBA Rank | 4,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,091 – Compete Rank | 359 – Quantcast Rank | 2,910 – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Political WebsitesUpdated 4/20/2011

7 | The Washington Times
2,208 – eBizMBA Rank | 2,500,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,637 – Compete Rank | 588 – Quantcast Rank | 4,398 – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Political WebsitesUpdated 4/20/2011

8 | RealClearPolitics
2,366 – eBizMBA Rank | 2,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 2,386 – Compete Rank | 1,560 – Quantcast Rank | 3,152 – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Political WebsitesUpdated 4/20/2011

9 | TheHill
2,410 – eBizMBA Rank | 1,700,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,652 – Compete Rank | 638 – Quantcast Rank | 4,939 - Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Political WebsitesUpdated 4/20/2011

10 | DailyKos
2,443 – eBizMBA Rank | 1,550,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 2,517 – Compete Rank | 1,363 - Quantcast Rank | 3,449 – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Political WebsitesUpdated 4/20/2011

11 | FreeRepublic
2,564 – eBizMBA Rank | 1,500,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 2,170 – Compete Rank | 1,229 – Quantcast Rank | 4,293 – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Political WebsitesUpdated 4/20/2011

12 | TalkingPointsMemo
2,741 – eBizMBA Rank | 1,350,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 2,837 – Compete Rank | 1,232 – Quantcast Rank | 4,155 – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Political WebsitesUpdated 4/20/2011

13 | NationalReview
2,961 – eBizMBA Rank | 1,250,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 2,491 – Compete Rank | 1,787 – Quantcast Rank | 4,605 – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Political WebsitesUpdated 4/20/2011

14 | Townhall
3,562 – eBizMBA Rank | 1,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 3,128 – Compete Rank | 1,505 – Quantcast Rank | 6,052 – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Political WebsitesUpdated 4/20/2011

15 | HotAir
3,991 – eBizMBA Rank | 900,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 4,266 – Compete Rank | 3,677 – Quantcast Rank | 4,029 - Alexa Rank.

 

Conservative
Drudge Report
Politico
Newsmax
The Washington Times
Real Clear Politics
Free Republic
National Review
Townhall
Hotair

Liberal
Huffington Post
Salon
Daily Kos
TPM

Neutral
Christian Science Monitor
The Hill

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5 Responses to Myth Of Liberal Internet Shattered: 9/15 Top Media Sites Conservative

  1. Vote -1 Vote +1Hayden de M. Yates
    April 27, 2011 at 10:37 am

    How does the ranking work? best H.

  2. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Liam
    April 27, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Cons work so hard to create a presence much greater than their actual numbers and real social import. They have an inferiority complex, with a big dose or paranoia, and delusions of persecution, for which they feel the need to overcompensate.
    They need more right-wing Internet sites so they have something to reference. They can’t find anything to support their insanity in the independent media, or academic sites. Oh, I forgot, academia is part of the conspiracy against them as well.
    Their answer, build their own schools, as they had to build their own echo-chamber on the web, and seek funding to support the only ‘academia’ that will back up their ignorance and stupidity.
    They do have more sites, to make up for the fact that they are not representative of the actual majority. If the number of websites were actually representative of liberals v conservatives in the general population, there would be a far greater number of ‘left,’ or ‘liberal,’ sites. That’s why they’re trying to mess with voter registration. They need to limit the number of people that can vote. They fear true democracy.
    Sometimes I think there’s only about 5000 RWNJs in the whole country, sitting in their basements with thousands of Internet identities, sippin’ slurpies and wagging the dog. ; )

  3. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Jonny V
    April 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Great point.

    Although one should note that Huffington Post looks like it gets more unique visitors than all of those conservative sites put together.

    That said; a lot of Huffington Post’s readership is most likely for the non-political stories on that site (there’s lot of entertainment garbage there.)

  4. Vote -1 Vote +1Marion Delgado
    April 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Salon is libertarian, not liberal (with the one exception of Michael Lind).

    Huffpo is centrist/corporatist with a vanishing liberal veneer.

    So it’s even worse than that.

  5. Vote -1 Vote +1RJ
    April 29, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    just outta curiosity does this site represent primarily liberal, centrist or conservative points of view from Gilberts, Ole’s and Liam’s point of view?
    Enquiring minds want to know.

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