|Slogan||Opinion, News, Analysis, Videos and Polls|
|Type of site||Aggregator|
|Owner||RealClear Holdings LLC, of which Forbes Media has a 51% interest|
|Created by||John McIntyre, Tom Bevan|
|Alexa rank||1,554 (August 2012[update])|
RealClearPolitics is a political news and polling data aggregator based in Chicago, Illinois. The site's founders say their goal is to give readers "ideological diversity". Politico Executive Editor Jim VandeHei has called the site "an essential stop for anyone interested in politics."
The site was founded in 2000 by conservatives, former options trader John McIntyre and former advertising agency account executive Tom Bevan. Forbes Media LLC bought a 51% equity interest in the site in 2007. RCP has expanded to include a number of sister sites.
Origin and philosophy 
The Web site was founded in 2000 by McIntyre, a former trader at the Chicago Board Options Exchange, and Bevan, a former advertising agency account executive. McIntyre explained "[i]t really wasn't any more complicated than there should be a place online that pulled together all this quality information." They call what they do "intelligent aggregation." The site has grown in election-season spurts since it first went online. It has expanded from a two-man operation to a full-time staff of more than two-dozen employees overseeing the company's mainstay, RealClearPolitics, as well as ten smaller sites.
In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, McIntyre said,"We're trying to pull together the best political stories, op-eds, news analyses, editorials out there. The proliferation of content is enormous. Part of what we're trying to do is distill it in a clear, simple way for people who don't have hours to spend searching the Net." He told the Chicago Sun-Times that RealClearPolitics strives to feature "serious intellectual pieces" and that they're "not looking for the over-the-top, vitriolic, red-meat craziness on either side."
In an interview with the conservative magazine Human Events, McIntyre described the philosophy behind the Web site as based on "freedom" and "common-sense values." Said Bevan, "We think debate on the issues is a very important thing. We post a variety of opinions." He further stated, "we have a frustration all conservatives have", which is "the bias in media against conservatives, religious conservatives, [and] Christian conservatives."
Updated continuously, the RealClearPolitics sites, which are based in Chicago, aggregate content from a wide range of sources, sources that run the gamut of locations and political persuasions. Stories from the Washington Post and other large-circulation media frequently run alongside articles from such lesser-known papers as the Ottawa Citizen, while analyses from the liberal New Republic may be paired with more conservative publications such as the Weekly Standard. McIntyre's purported objective is "to give readers ideological diversity. We're trying to stay immersed in the nation's political bloodstream at all times. That way, we can show you every small, little twist and turn, and give multiple sides to every story."
Forbes Media announced on November 7, 2007, that it had acquired a 51% stake in RealClearPolitics.com. The founders will remain owners and management. In November, 2008, Forbes President and CEO Steve Forbes sent a memo directing that the company's online brands, including Forbes.com, Investopedia and RealClearPolitics.com be combined.
RealClearPolitics also owns RealClearMarkets, RealClearWorld and RealClearSports. RealClearMarkets and RealClearSports were launched in November 2007. RealClearWorld, the international news and politics site, was launched in August 2008. RealClearScience and RealClearReligion launched in October 2010.  RealClearDefense was launched in 2013 covering military, intelligence, and veterans issues. 
Original content 
In addition to linking to external content, RealClearPolitics also provides original commentary and reporting, with a staff consisting of Carl Cannon, Scott Conroy, Erin McPike, Caitlin Huey-Burns, Alexis Simendinger, and Sean Trende.
The site's political commentary, election analysis and polling averages have been featured in national media outlets, including The New York Times, Fox News Channel, Investor's Business Daily, and The Chicago Sun-Times. RealClearPolitics polling averages are used on MSNBC's Hardball, Fox News, and the Web sites of CBS News and the Washington Post.
Political poll averaging 
RealClearPolitics aggregates polls for presidential and congressional races into averages, known as the RealClearPolitics average, which are widely cited by media outlets. New York Times contributor Neil Degrasse Tyson, wrote in an Op-Ed piece that "in swing states, the median result of all the polls conducted in the weeks prior to an election is an especially effective predictor of which candidate will win that election — even in states where the polls consistently fall within the margin of error." However, some statisticians say that it is sometimes misleading to average results from multiple polls. When Nate Silver of rival site FiveThirtyEight.com claimed RealClearPolitics.com was rigging its averages to favor Senator John McCain and other Republicans, McIntyre denied having a conservative bent, stating, "We're running a business, We have no interest in screwing around with that for partisan purposes." Silver later backed away from the claim and said the two sites had a friendly rivalry and grudging respect for each other.
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