With the exponential growth of the internet, more choices than ever are available to conservatives seeking reliable news and keen analysis which is why LibertyNation.com has conducted a survey to determine the Top 20 Conservative News Sites to Read in 2019.
Conservative news sites have developed a mutual respect and kinship which often defy the norms of a competitive marketplace. Such sites do compete with one another. But they share a more significant and common purpose: advancing the ideals of free markets and free people.
In that spirit, LibertyNation.com has conducted an exhaustive survey of both our writers and readers in search of the best conservative news sites among the hundreds available. The results were somewhat surprising and certainly fascinating. But before we get to the Liberty Nation Top 20, we have a few thoughts to pass on to you.
Unlike most such lists, ours is not based on which sites are the most popular or have recorded the greatest number of views, but the ones which offer the highest quality of thought and presentation.
We asked seven LibertyNation.com authors* to contribute to this list. As well we conducted an open poll for readers visiting LN to offer their evaluations. Over 5000 readers responded to our survey. Which sites do they visit the most? Which do they find the best-written, the most compelling, the most impactful on their thinking?
We believe the joint verdict of those who write conservative news/analysis/commentary and those who consume it makes our list the go-to portal for the liberty-minded.
We have also included our picks for the best conservative news aggregator and the best broadcast/cable TV outlet. So, without further ado, we give you our countdown of the Top 20 Conservative News Sites to Read in 2019!
TOP 20 CONSERVATIVE NEWS SITES
# 20 Life Site News – LifeSiteNews.com
A hidden gem among conservative sites, LSN is a reliable source for pro-life news and what some see as a culture of death that has gripped the free world.
# 19 Fox News – FoxNews.com
Some will be quite surprised that the famous Fox barely made the top 20. It is still one of the most visited sources for political news but has increasingly bowed to establishment thinking. However, in terms of getting the news out fast and providing solid analysis, it still rates as a good site.
# 18 Western Journal – WesternJournal.com
WJ covers a wide range of issues, usually with unique angles and a deeper dive than many of the more prominent conservative sites.
# 17 Bearing Arms – BearingArms.com
This site will educate, inform and guide readers through the history of the Second Amendment and the battles across the US – in each state – to protect the right to bear arms. It covers gun culture, from providing firearm education to exposing attacks on the Second Amendment to assuring that stories of guns saving lives see the light of day.
# 16 Wall Street Journal – WSJ.com
WSJ represents the best of establishment thinking. Covering U.S. and international news, and governed by a strict code of ethics, it does not sugar-coat content and stays firmly rooted in capitalist, conservative ideology.
# 15 The Daily Wire – DailyWire.com
It is not the easiest site to navigate, but the Wire offers solid commentary and the occasional analysis piece that sheds light on unexplored areas — a great place to get the initial take on breaking news.
# 14 Cato Institute – Cato.org
Cato provides keen analysis of libertarian issues and values with links to the full resources and activities of this liberty-orientated think-tank.
# 13 Reason – Reason.org
This libertarian site tied to Reason Foundation covers politics and culture – and a good deal of comedy in their videos – through an ideologically consistent lens of individual liberty and the free market.
# 12 National Review – NationalReview.com
Despite the infamous “Against Trump” edition of its magazine during the 2016 campaign, NR remains a classic source of conservative news, with a variety of viewpoints on a wide range of issues. No frills, just old-fashioned nuts and bolts commentary – especially for foreign policy wonks.
# 11 Russia Today – RT.com
This is undoubtedly the most surprising entry on the list. Though not, strictly speaking, a conservative outlet, RT is where you can find stories that few if any other sites have covered.
# 10 Media Research Center – MRC.org
No organization works harder, or more effectively, at exposing rampant leftist media bias than MRC. The site offers great reporting and analysis of how the media characterizes and responds to the big stories of the day.
# 9 PJ Media – PJMedia.com
PJM is a casual, entertaining and thought-provoking site that covers not only politics and culture but also delves into subjects such as faith and parenting.
# 8 Washington Examiner – WashingtonExaminer.com
This reliably conservative site offers solid opinion and analysis of the issues plus the added benefit of ‘inside the beltway’ perspectives.
# 7 Real Clear Politics – RealClearPolitics.com
A unique entry on the list, RCP is a truly bipartisan site offering the best-written and most thought-provoking articles from both the right and left in virtually equal measure. A major bonus is their exhaustive election and polling information, including the much-cited RCP rolling average of polls.
# 6 Townhall – Townhall.com
This site offers a wide variety of content from notable conservative figures and is thought to be a must for conservative news junkies seeking reliable coverage of the big issues.
# 5 Liberty Nation – LibertyNation.com
Just short of its second anniversary, LN is the youngest site on this list. It has experienced a meteoric rise, with readers praising it for fresh and bold conservative, libertarian, and populist content.
# 4 The Daily Caller – DailyCaller.com
Though it offers substantial opinion-based content, this site is known primarily for its superb investigative work. They are willing to deep-dive where others fear to tread and have thus penetrated the world of establishment media.
# 3 The Federalist – TheFederalist.com
This site offers some of the most intelligent writing in the conservative realm. It is a thought-provoking source that dissects left-leaning news stories in an old-school style, stoking debate with its point/counterpoint arguments on religion, culture and politics.
# 2 Judicial Watch – JudicialWatch.org
Best known for its aggressive pursuit of official wrongdoers, this is perhaps the best example of a site that does not necessarily attract the most viewers but offers exceptional content which readers rated very highly because of its unparalleled investigative work on government corruption.
# 1 American Thinker – AmericanThinker.com
King of the hill, top of the heap in the collective view of LN writers and readers. AT is a triumph of substance over style. Described by one LN evaluator as “the MENSA of conservative websites,” it examines the meaty aspects of American politics and the players in the game, with no-holds-barred deep dives into interactive topics of national security, diplomacy, economic policy and more. Be prepared to accept an Ivy League education in 1,500 words or less when you hit American Thinker.
BEST CONSERVATIVE NEWS AGGREGATOR – Whatfinger.com
If you can’t find truth here, you won’t find it anywhere. Relentless in its pursuit of the best content from dozens of conservative sites, WF has seen its popularity soar as an alternative to the increasingly squishy, establishment-oriented Drudge Report.
BEST BROADCAST/CABLE TV CHANNEL – One America News
As Fox News increasingly veers toward appeasement of the Washington establishment, One America is now recognized as the true go-to place for conservative news, commentary, and analysis.
* LibertyNation.com authors participating in this survey: Tim Donner, Mark Angelides, James Fite, Sarah Cowgill, Graham J. Noble, Jeff Charles, and Joe Schaeffer.Whatfinger.com