The magazine's mission is to promote conservative politics and opinion at the University. The magazine prints eight issues a year and is distributed on the Berkeley campus free of charge. When a new issue is released, the Patriot homepage provides a link to a pdf version for reading. The Patriot also provides subscription options for those that would like it shipped to them. The magazine receives most of its funding from individuals and conservative foundations around the country.
In 2002, the California Patriot broke a story that the University of California, Berkeley, planned to host a 9/11 memorial event without any red-white-and-blue ribbons or other displays of American patriotism because they might offend foreign students. Bill O'Reilly hosted the editor of the California Patriot to tell the story on Fox News. The publicity caused the administration to reverse that decision.
During the early 2000s, the magazine promoted support for President Bush and the Iraq War. Other stories have involved alleged misappropriation of money by an organ of the student government, and the use by the University of student funds to campaign against a California ballot proposition.
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- Schmidt, Steve (March 29, 2004). "Daring to be Republican on UC Berkeley campus". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 16 November 2012.