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The Daily Wire
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Type of site
News, opinion, and media
HeadquartersNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
OwnerBentkey Ventures, LLC
Created by
Key people
Employees115 (full-time)[1]
URLdailywire.com
LaunchedSeptember 21, 2015; 6 years ago (2015-09-21)
Current statusActive

The Daily Wire is an American conservative news website and media company founded in 2015 by political commentator Ben Shapiro and director Jeremy Boreing.[2][3] It is a leading publisher on Facebook,[4][5] and produces several podcasts including The Ben Shapiro Show.[3]

Many Daily Wire stories repackage journalism from traditional news organizations while adding a conservative slant.[4][6] Fact checkers have said that some stories shared by The Daily Wire are unverified, and that The Daily Wire often misstates facts to advance a partisan view.[6][7] It has been a prominent publisher of false and misleading claims disputing climate change.[8][9] Its coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic has been described as "junk health news".[10]

History

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.[11] After the duo secured several million dollars in seed funding from the billionaire petroleum industry brothers Dan and Farris Wilks, The Daily Wire was launched in 2015.[11][12][6] Initially, The Daily Wire was supported mostly by advertisements.[1] Farris Wilks, a fracking billionaire,[13] manages Bentkey Ventures, LLC (formerly Forward Publishing, LLC), which publishes The Daily Wire.[6] The website's headquarters were in Los Angeles, California.[14] In September 2020, Shapiro announced that The Daily Wire headquarters would move to Nashville, Tennessee.[15][16][17]

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.[5] 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.[18] In 2021, stories published by The Daily Wire received more likes, shares and comments on Facebook than any other news publisher, according to NPR.[4]

In April 2019, Podtrac ranked The Daily Wire's The Ben Shapiro Show the second most listened-to podcast in the U.S. for the month of March 2019, behind The Daily.[19]

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.[2]

In January 2021, Shapiro announced that The Daily Wire was beginning a studio for TV and films that would not promote "leftist causes".[20] 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.[21]

In September 2021, Shapiro and Boreing announced that The Daily Wire would defy U.S. President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for companies with more than 100 employees.[22]

In October 2021, The Daily Wire hired Allison Williams, who had resigned from ESPN because the company mandated that live-event staffers get the vaccine and she had decided against being vaccinated.[23] The Daily Wire subsequently advertised the hire as entailing "sports without the woke", with a banner that said "did not comply". Williams said she was now allowed to explore issues "that may be too taboo for other media outlets".[24]

In 2021, The Daily Wire announced a new publishing imprint, DW Books, that would release books by Shapiro, Candace Owens, Gina Carano, and an officer who fired shots in the police killing of Breonna Taylor, among others. According to AP News, this "continues a trend of conservatives setting up channels outside of the New York [publishing] houses", after publishing houses canceled several books seen as promoting extremist views, or refused distribution when other imprints picked them up. DW Books planned to release books through Ingram Content Group starting in 2022.[25]

Podcasts and radio

In addition to its written content, the site produces several podcasts, including The Ben Shapiro Show, The Michael Knowles Show, The Matt Walsh Show, and The Andrew Klavan Show.[3]

The reach of The Ben Shapiro Show expanded in April 2018 when Westwood One began syndicating the podcast to radio.[26] 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.[27] 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.[28]

On March 19, 2021, Candace Owens joined The Daily Wire and hosts Candace, a political podcast.[29]

Films

In 2020, The Daily Wire released Run Hide Fight, a feature-length drama about a mass school shooting. Its North American release was exclusive to Daily Wire subscribers.[21]

In 2021, The Daily Wire's film project Terror on the Prairie, a western set in Montana and starring Gina Carano, started filming. Its planned release to subscribers of The Daily Wire is in early 2022.[30] Carano had earlier in 2021 been let go by Disney after her social media rhetoric, which included ridiculing mandated mask-wearing during the COVID-19 pandemic, falsely claiming the 2020 election was stolen, and likening the political climate in the US to what Jews experienced during the Holocaust.[31][32]

The Daily Wire's first original film, Shut In, is due out in January 2022. It is directed by D.J. Caruso and stars Rainey Qualley, Josh Horowitz, and Vincent Gallo in his first film since 2013. [33]

Accuracy

According to Snopes, "DailyWire.com has a tendency to share stories that are taken out of context or not verified", including an incorrect report on baby names in the Netherlands,[7] a misdated, exaggerated story that protesters were digging up Confederate graves,[34] a false allegation that Democratic congresspeople had refused to stand for a fallen Navy SEAL's widow,[35] and a report that Harvard University was segregating commencement ceremonies (because black students had planned an optional event).[36] The credibility checker NewsGuard assessed that while The Daily Wire "does not repeatedly publish false content", it "severely violates basic standards of credibility and transparency" and "often misstates facts to advance partisan opinion".[6]

Various articles by The Daily Wire have engaged in climate change denial by making false or misleading claims when they dispute the scientific consensus on climate change.[37][38][39][40][6] In 2017, when scientists writing in Climate Feedback described several Daily Wire articles as inaccurate or lacking evidence,[37][38][39] The Daily Wire published corrections in two articles, after which the scientists assessed that the updated articles were still misleading.[41][9] In November 2021, a study by the Center for Countering Digital Hate described The Daily Wire as being among "ten fringe publishers" that together were responsible for nearly 70 percent of Facebook user interactions with content that denied climate change. Facebook said the percentage was overstated and called the study misleading.[8][13]

The "Coronavirus Misinformation Weekly Briefing" by academics of the Oxford Internet Institute described The Daily Wire's coverage of COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and the World Health Organization as examples of "junk health news" narratives in 2020.[10][42]

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. FactCheck.org reported that the errors were discovered and published by HUD's independent inspector general before Carson became secretary.[43]

Relationship with Facebook

In October 2019, the investigative website Popular Information said that The Daily Wire had violated Facebook's policies by creating 14 anonymous pages promoting its content exclusively to boost engagement.[44][45][46] In response, Facebook temporarily demoted a network called Mad World News, which had a financial relationship with The Daily Wire, but issued no penalty to The Daily Wire besides a warning.[47][48]

In July 2021, an article by NPR in a series on disinformation said that The Daily Wire had found success on Facebook by turning "anger into an art form and recycled content into a business model". It cited among its examples Daily Wire stories on COVID-19 vaccines that disproportionately played up potential side effects.[4][49] Shapiro responded on Twitter by asserting that the NPR story reflected "the establishment media's deep desire to keep people from clicking on stories they want to read".[49]

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  22. ^ Ellefson, Lindsey (September 10, 2021). "Conservative Outlet Daily Wire Vows to Defy Biden Vaccine Order". TheWrap. Retrieved September 13, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  23. ^ Al Khateeb, Zac (October 22, 2021). "Allison Williams joins Daily Wire after leaving ESPN over vaccine mandate". Sporting News.
  24. ^ Abdel-Baqui, Omar (October 25, 2021). "Former ESPN Reporter Allison Williams Who Left Over Vaccine Mandate Joins the Daily Wire". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
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  30. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (October 12, 2021). "Gina Carano Underway On First Project Since 'The Mandalorian': Daily Wire Western 'Terror On The Prairie' Also Stars MMA Fighter Cowboy Cerrone, 'Justified' Actor Nick Searcy, More". Deadline Hollywood.
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  34. ^ LaCapria, Kim (August 19, 2017). "FACT CHECK: Are Vigilante Protesters Digging Up Confederate Graves After Charlottesville Clashes?". Snopes.com. Retrieved October 30, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  35. ^ LaCapria, Kim; Mikkelson, David (March 1, 2017). "FACT CHECK: Did Democrats Refuse to Stand for a Navy SEAL's Widow?". Snopes.com. Retrieved October 30, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  38. ^ a b Johnson, Scott (May 9, 2017). "The Daily Wire makes wild claims about climate change based on no evidence". Climate Feedback. Retrieved April 29, 2018. The title of this Daily Wire article inaccurately claims that global temperature has not warmed over the past 19 years—in direct contradiction with observations—and the article provides no evidence in support of this bold claim.
  39. ^ a b Vincent, Emmanuel (February 28, 2017). "Analysis of 'Scientists: Here's What Really Causes Climate Change (And It Has Nothing To Do With Human Beings)'". Climate Feedback. Retrieved April 29, 2018. This post at The Daily Wire, which has been widely shared on Facebook, claims that a recent study of variations in Earth's orbit recorded by 90 million-year-old rocks provides evidence against a human cause of current global warming. Scientists who reviewed the post found that it misrepresented the study's implications for modern climate change, as well as the timeframes that the study is relevant to.
  40. ^ Valentine, Katie (October 30, 2021). "Coral cover in the Great Barrier Reef improved in 2021, but that doesn't mean the reef is 'growing quickly,' contrary to Daily Wire claim". Climate Feedback. Retrieved November 2, 2021. The Daily Wire's claims misrepresent the findings of the AIMS report.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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