The Daily Caller

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The Daily Caller
Type Online news site
Format Website
Editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson
Founded 2010
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Circulation positive decrease 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. Founded by Tucker Carlson, a libertarian conservative[4][5] political pundit, and Neil Patel, former adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney, 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 April 2014, Carlson serves as the publication's main editor-in-chief with Christopher Bedford as his managing editor.[7]


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.[8] Notable reporters and columnists include Matt Lewis and Matt Labash.[7]


The Guardian referred to The Daily Caller as "the conservative answer to The Huffington Post".[9] 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."[10] In February 2012, Internet marketing research firm comScore found a plurality 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.[11]

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."[12] 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".[13]

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.[14] Carlson, who also works for Fox, reportedly did not want the Caller publishing criticism of a firm that employed him.[15] Journalist Neil Munro quit two weeks later.[16]


Senator Bob Menendez prostitution controversy and FBI investigation[edit]

In March 2013 The Daily Caller posted interviews with two women claiming that New Jersey senator Bob Menendez had paid them for sex while he was a guest of a campaign donor.[17] The allegation came five days before the 2012 New Jersey senate election. News organizations such as the New York Times, ABC News and the New York Post declined to publish the allegations, viewing them as unsubstantiated and lacking credibility.[18][19][20]

The FBI investigated the allegations and found no evidence to substantiate them, though it led to scrutiny of Menendez's relationship with the donor.[21][22] Subsequently, one of the women who accused Menendez stated that she had been paid to falsely implicate the senator, whom she had never met.[18][22] Menendez's office described the allegations as "manufactured" by a right-wing blog as a politically motivated smear.[23] On March 18, police in the Dominican Republic announced that three women had acknowledged they had been paid $300–425 each to lie about having had sex with Menendez.[24]

According to a spokesperson in the Dominican government, the women in question claimed to be paid to make the false claims in question by someone who identified himself as a Daily Caller employee. The Daily Caller issued a statement denying the claims.[25] The Daily Caller denied having paid any individuals for any participation in the stories about Menendez, and detailed the discrepancies between the new reports from Dominican authorities and the original interviews the outlet had conducted.[26][27][28] Erik Wemple, an opinion blogger for the Washington Post, was critical of the Caller's "eagerness to publish completely unsubstantiated allegations", concluding that the Caller was "ducking accountability".[29][30][31]

On April 1, 2015, Menendez was indicted on federal corruption charges.[32] The FBI had been building the case against the senator since The Daily Caller's 2012 report.[33] 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."[34]



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