The Federalist (website)

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The Federalist
Federalist logo.png
Web address
Slogan Be lovers of freedom and anxious for the fray.
Launched September 1, 2013; 23 months ago (2013-09-01)
Alexa rank
17,437 (Apr 2015)[1]
Current status Active

The Federalist is an online magazine that covers politics, policy, culture, and religion.[2] It was co-founded by Ben Domenech and Sean Davis; senior editors include David Harsanyi and Mollie Hemingway.[3] According to Domenech, the site has "a viewpoint that rejects the assumptions of the media establishment" and says it is dedicated to discussing "the philosophical underpinnings of the day's debate" instead of focusing on what he calls "the horserace or the personalities".[2] Other sources have described The Federalist as conservative and as a "right-wing outlet".[4][5][6]


Writer and former Obama administration spokesman Reid Cherlin describes The Federalist as "seek[ing] to go deep on the issues and sway the conversation in Washington."[4]

David Harsanyi, a Denver Post columnist described The Federalist as a source of original interviews and arguments between conservatives and libertarians. David Weigel from Bloomberg Politics said that Rand Paul and Mike Lee "gave the site news-making looks at their agendas for foreign policy and Congress, respectively."[7]

In late 2014, The Federalist attracted media coverage when it published articles saying that Neil deGrasse Tyson misquoted George W. Bush in some of his public appearances.[8][9][10][11]


  1. ^ "". Alexa. Retrieved October 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Domenech, Ben (September 18, 2013). "Introducing The Federalist". Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Contributors – The Federalist". Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "The HuffPo-ization of the Right". Politico Magazine. Retrieved October 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ Bedard, Paul (September 26, 2014). "Wikipedia wants to ban acclaimed conservative site the Federalist". Washington Examiner. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ Howley, Patrick (September 26, 2014). "Conservative Website 'The Federalist; Targeted For Wikipedia Deletion After Criticizing Neil deGrasse Tyson". Daily Caller. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ Weigel, David. "The Torch Is Being Passed to A New Generation of Right-Wing Media". Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Neil Tyson: Just Trust Me, OK?". RealClearPolitics. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Politico’s dopey climate denial: Global warming might be fake because Neil deGrasse Tyson did something dumb"". Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "The Cult of Neil deGrasse Tyson". Politico. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "The Right’s War on Neil deGrasse Tyson". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 19 April 2015.