The Federalist (website)

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The Federalist
Federalist logo.png
Web address
Slogan Be lovers of freedom and anxious for the fray.
Launched September 1, 2013; 16 months ago (2013-09-01)
Alexa rank
23,595 (Oct 2014)[1]
Current status Active

The Federalist is a web magazine, launched in September 2013, that covers politics, policy, culture, and religion.[2][3] It was co-founded by Ben Domenech and Sean Davis; senior editors include David Harsanyi and Mollie Hemingway.[4] According to Domenech, the site has "a viewpoint that rejects the assumptions of the media establishment".[2] Other sources have described The Federalist as conservative and as a "right-wing outlet".[5][6][7]


In an article published in Politico Magazine, titled "The HuffPo-ization of the Right", conservative writer Reid Cherlin describes a number of right-wing websites and online publications, including The Daily Caller, Weekly Standard, Breitbart, and The Blaze.[5] Cherlin refers to targeted sites like the Washington Free Beacon and The Federalist as "seek[ing] to go deep on the issues and sway the conversation in Washington." In the article, Cherlin mentions that conservatives appreciate the new range of right-wing outlets, including Domenech’s claim that "[t]he only thing that I think is hurtful to the movement is if you didn’t have that kind of variety". The article reports that the focus of these right-wing outlets is on hardening opposition to President Barack Obama, with a view beyond the end of his second term. Domenech goes on to compare such focus with the proliferation of liberal outlets at a similar point during President George W. Bush’s tenure.[5]

David Harsanyi, a Denver Post columnist described The Federalist as a source of original interviews and arguments between conservatives and libertarians. David Weigel from Bloomberg Politics said that Rand Paul and Mike Lee "gave the site news-making looks at their agendas for foreign policy and Congress, respectively."[8]


  1. ^ "". Alexa. Retrieved October 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Domenech, Ben (September 18, 2013). "Introducing The Federalist". Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ Brinker, Luke (April 2, 2014). "Introducing The Federalist, A New Web Magazine For Anti-LGBT Conservatives". (Blog). Media Matters for America. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Contributors - The Federalist". Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "The HuffPo-ization of the Right". Politico Magazine. Retrieved October 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ Bedard, Paul (September 26, 2014). "Wikipedia wants to ban acclaimed conservative site the Federalist". Washington Examiner. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ Howley, Patrick (September 26, 2014). "Conservative Website 'The Federalist; Targeted For Wikipedia Deletion After Criticizing Neil deGrasse Tyson". Daily Caller. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ Weigel, David. "The Torch Is Being Passed to A New Generation of Right-Wing Media". Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 

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