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The Daily Caller
The Daily Caller
Type Online news site
Format Website
Publisher Neil Patel
Editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson
Founded 2010
Political alignment Conservative
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Circulation 2,294 (November 2014)[1]

The Daily Caller is a politically conservative[2][3] news and opinion website based in Washington, D.C., United States. It was founded by Tucker Carlson, a libertarian conservative[4][5] political pundit, and Neil Patel, former adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney. The site's sections includes politics, business, world news, entertainment, sports, education, technology, outdoors, and energy.

The Daily Caller launched on January 11, 2010. In late 2012, The New York Times reported that the site had quadrupled its page view and total audience and had become profitable without ever buying an advertisement for itself.[6]

As of February 2016, Carlson serves as the publication's main editor-in-chief with Vince Coglianese as his executive editor.[7]


The Daily Caller was founded by Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel. After raising $3 million in funding from conservative businessman Foster Friess, the website was launched on January 11, 2010. The organization started with a reporting staff of 21 in its Washington office.

By 2013, the site was receiving over 35 million views a month according to Quantcast, surpassing rival sites such as The Washington Times, Politico, and Forbes.[8] The site has an active community, with over 200,000 comments made each month.

Notable figures have commented on The Daily Caller. Karl Rove said that, "The Daily Caller is necessary reading for anyone who wants to be up to speed with what's going on with politics in America. Larry Kudlow referred to the site as, "one of my faves."[9]

Staff and contributors[edit]

Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson

The Daily Caller is in the White House rotating press pool and has full-time reporters on Capitol Hill.[10] Notable reporters and columnists include Matt Lewis, Ann Coulter, Ginni Thomas and Matt Labash.[11]

Political stance[edit]

The Guardian referred to The Daily Caller as "the conservative answer to The Huffington Post".[12] An article in The Washingtonian commented that in comparison to The Huffington Post, "The Caller puts more emphasis on its own reporting, whereas HuffPo is happy to feature someone else’s story" and "The Caller's headlines tend to be less misleading and opaque."[13] In February 2012, Internet marketing research firm comScore found a majority (64.8 percent) of The Daily Caller's site visitors to be self-identified political Republicans; of the remaining visitors, independents outnumbered Democrats 26.8 percent to 8.6 percent.[14]

In an interview with Politico, Carlson said that The Daily Caller will not be tied to ideology but rather will be "breaking stories of importance". In a Washington Post article, Carlson said "We're not enforcing any kind of ideological orthodoxy on anyone."[15] In an interview with The New York Times, Carlson said that the vast majority of traditional reporting comes from a liberal point of view and called The Daily Caller's reporting "the balance against the rest of the conventional press".[6]

Disputed prostitution allegations[edit]

In March 2013 The Daily Caller posted interviews with two women claiming that New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez had paid them for sex while he was a guest of a campaign donor.[16] The allegation came five days before the 2012 New Jersey senate election. News organizations such as ABC News, which had also interviewed the women, the New York Times, and the New York Post declined to publish the allegations, viewing them as unsubstantiated and lacking credibility.[17][18][19] Subsequently, one of the women who accused Menendez stated that she had been paid to falsely implicate the senator and had never met him.[17][20] Menendez's office described the allegations as "manufactured" by a right-wing blog as a politically motivated smear.[21]

On March 18, police in the Dominican Republic announced that three women had claimed they were paid $300–425 each to lie about having had sex with Menendez.[22] Dominican law enforcement also alleged that the women had been paid to lie about Menendez by an individual claiming to work for the Daily Caller. The Daily Caller denied this allegation, stating: "At no point did any money change hands between The Daily Caller and any sources or individuals connected with this investigation".[23] Describing what it saw as the unraveling of the Daily Caller's "scoop", the Poynter Institute wrote: "The Caller stands by its reports, though apparently doesn't feel the need to prove its allegations right".[24]

The FBI investigated the allegations, leading to scrutiny of Menendez's relationship with the donor,[20][25] and on April 1, 2015, Menendez was indicted on federal corruption charges.[26] During a news conference following the indictment, Menendez said that the FBI had been "tricked into starting this investigation three years ago with false allegations by those who have a political motive to silence me."[27] In August 2015, a Justice Department court filing on its indictment of Menendez revisited the prostitution allegations made by the Daily Caller. According to US News and World Report while not adding to its previous charges against Menendez "the filing curiously, [did] not explicitly say the underage prostitution charges came up empty. In fact, the probe [was] described as having turned up 'corroborating evidence'".[28]

Fox News controversy[edit]

In March 2015 Daily Caller columnist Mickey Kaus quit after editor Tucker Carlson refused to run a column critical of Fox News coverage of the immigration policy debate.[29] Carlson, who also works for Fox, reportedly did not want the Caller publishing criticism of a firm that employed him.[30] Journalist Neil Munro quit two weeks later.[31]



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  22. ^ Coglianese, Vince (March 18, 2013). "Dominican police: Three women lied about sex with Menendez". The Daily Caller. Associated Press. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
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  30. ^ Wemple, Erik (March 18, 2015). "Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson takes a stand for censorship". Washington Post. 
  31. ^ Byers, Dylan (March 31, 2015). "Neil Munro, reporter who heckled Obama, out at Daily Caller". Politico. 
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