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The Daily Wire
Type of site
News and opinion
HeadquartersNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
OwnerBentkey Ventures, LLC
Created by
Key people
LaunchedSeptember 21, 2015; 5 years ago (2015-09-21)
Current statusActive

The Daily Wire is an American conservative news and opinion website founded in 2015 by political commentator Ben Shapiro and director Jeremy Boreing.[1][2]


The Daily Wire was conceived by Ben Shapiro and Jeremy Boreing, who both worked for TruthRevolt, a news website that was formerly funded by the David Horowitz Freedom Center.[3] After the duo secured several million dollars in seed funding from the billionaire brothers Dan and Farris Wilks, The Daily Wire was launched in 2015.[3][4][5] Farris Wilks manages Forward Publishing LLC, which publishes The Daily Wire.[5] The website's headquarters were in Los Angeles, California.[6] In September 2020, Shapiro announced that The Daily Wire headquarters would move to Nashville, Tennessee.[7][8][9]

The Daily Wire became one of the leading news sites and publishers on Facebook in terms of engagement. In 2018, NewsWhip identified The Daily Wire as "by far" the top right-wing publisher on Facebook.[10] According to NewsWhip, The Daily Wire was the sixth-leading English-language publisher on Facebook in 2019 through the month of March. The site also had the second most articles among Facebook's 10,000 top stories.[11]

In March 2019, Podtrac ranked The Daily Wire's The Ben Shapiro Show the second most popular podcast in the U.S., behind The Daily.[12]

In June 2020, Shapiro stepped down from his role as editor-in-chief, which he had held since the site's founding, and took on the role of editor emeritus. John Bickley was announced as the site's next editor-in-chief.[1]

In January 2021, Shapiro announced that The Daily Wire was beginning a studio for TV and movies that would not promote leftist causes.[13] The Daily Wire acquired the North American distribution rights to the 2020 film Run Hide Fight, which premiered on its platform on January 14, 2021.[14][15]

Podcasts and radio

In addition to its written content, the site produces the following podcasts: The Ben Shapiro Show, The Michael Knowles Show, The Matt Walsh Show, and The Andrew Klavan Show.[16]

The reach of The Ben Shapiro Show expanded in April 2018 when Westwood One began syndicating the podcast to radio.[17] In January 2019, Westwood One expanded Shapiro's one-hour podcast-to-radio program, adding a nationally syndicated two-hour live radio show, for three hours of Ben Shapiro programming daily.[18] As of March 2019, according to Westwood One, The Ben Shapiro Show is being carried by more than 200 stations, including in nine of the top ten markets.[19]

Criticism and controversies

According to Snopes, " has a tendency to share stories that are taken out of context or not verified", including reports on protesters digging up Confederate graves, Democratic congresspeople refusing to stand for a fallen Navy SEAL's widow, and Harvard University holding segregated commencement ceremonies.[20] The credibility checker NewsGuard assessed that The Daily Wire "severely violates basic standards of credibility and transparency", "often misstates facts to advance partisan opinion" and "frequently publishes false and misleading information, particularly in stories about abortion".[5]

The Daily Wire published articles expressing skepticism that climate change is occurring and that humans contribute to climate change. Climate scientists have described the articles as being inaccurate and misleading.[21][22][23]

The Daily Wire incorrectly credited the Housing and Urban Development secretary, Ben Carson, with finding over $500 billion in accounting errors made by the Obama administration. reported that the errors were discovered and published by HUD's independent inspector general before Carson became secretary.[24]

The investigative website Popular Information accused The Daily Wire in October 2019 of violating Facebook's policies by creating 14 anonymous pages promoting its content exclusively to boost engagement. A new Facebook policy might force them to add their ownership to their pages.[25][26] Facebook told Popular Information that it would take no action against The Daily Wire.[27][28]

See also


  1. ^ a b, The Washington Times. "Ben Shapiro stepping down as editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire". The Washington Times. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
  2. ^ "About". The Daily Wire. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Nguyen, Tina (December 9, 2018). "'Let's Make You Famous': How Hollywood Invented Ben Shapiro". Vanity Fair. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  4. ^ Stevenson, Seth (January 24, 2018). "The Many Faces of Ben Shapiro". Slate. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Gregory, John (2020). "" (PDF). NewsGuard.
  6. ^ Peters, Jeremy W. (October 31, 2017). "In the Heart of 'The Resistance', California Conservatives Are Invigorated". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  7. ^ "Ben Shapiro is moving to Nashville, and he's bringing The Daily Wire with him". September 15, 2020.
  8. ^ "The Daily Wire To Move Headquarters From Los Angeles To Nashville". Deadline. September 15, 2020.
  9. ^ "Ben Shapiro's Daily Wire leaving California: 'Terrible governance has consequences'". The Hill. September 16, 2020.
  10. ^ "Partisan Publishers and Political Content" (PDF). NewsWhip. September 2018. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  11. ^ "2019 Guide to Publishing on Facebook" (PDF). NewsWhip. March 2019. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  12. ^ "A Bounce For Ben Shapiro in March Says Podtrac". Inside Radio. April 24, 2019. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  13. ^ Shapiro, Ben (January 3, 2020). "'SHAPIRO: Why The Daily Wire Is Getting Into The Entertainment Business'". The Daily Wire. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  14. ^ "The Daily Wire Makes First Foray Into Film & TV With School Shooting Movie 'Run Hide Fight'; Right-Wing Site Developing Two TV Series". Retrieved January 4, 2021.
  15. ^ "WATCH THE TRAILER: The Daily Wire To Premiere First Film on January 14". The Daily Wire. January 4, 2021. Retrieved January 4, 2021.
  16. ^ "Podcasts". The Daily Wire. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  17. ^ Schwartz, Jason. "Ben Shapiro to take his podcast to radio". Politico. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  18. ^ "Ben Shapiro Radio Show Expands To Three Hours Over The Air". Inside Radio. September 24, 2018. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  19. ^ "The Ben Shapiro Show Experiences Explosive Station Growth and Ratings Success by Drawing Younger Listeners to Broadcast Radio". Westwood One. March 6, 2019.
  20. ^ "FACT CHECK: Is Mohammed the Most Popular Name for Newborn Boys in the Netherlands?". Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  21. ^ "Daily Wire article misunderstands study on carbon budget (along with Fox News, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Breitbart…)". Climate Feedback. September 21, 2017. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  22. ^ "The Daily Wire makes wild claims about climate change based on no evidence". Climate Feedback. May 9, 2017. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  23. ^ "Analysis of 'Scientists: Here's What Really Causes Climate Change (And It Has Nothing To Do With Human Beings)'". Climate Feedback. February 28, 2017. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  24. ^ "Carson Didn't Find HUD Errors". April 19, 2017. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  25. ^ Hern, Alex; Waterson, Jim (November 7, 2019). "Facebook: we would let Tories run 'doctored' Starmer video as ad". The Guardian. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  26. ^ Baragona, Justin (June 25, 2020). "The Shadowy Right-Wing Network Behind Ben Shapiro's Facebook Success". Daily Beast. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  27. ^ Information, Judd at Popular. "Facebook allows prominent right-wing website to break the rules". Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  28. ^ Nelius, Joanna (July 2, 2020). "Facebook Confirms Ben Shapiro's Daily Wire Has Been Very, Very Bad". MSN news. Retrieved July 18, 2020.

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