Why Ben Shapiro’s The Daily Wire and Other Right-Wing Media Dominate Facebook

Shapiro’s right-wing site laps The New York Times and the Washington Post when it comes to Facebook engagement

Legacy media outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post are considered the gold standard of the journalism world. But on Facebook, they trail far behind the right-leaning Fox News and more conservative outlets like The Daily Wire, which is spearheaded by commentator Ben Shapiro, when it comes to drawing in readers.

The Daily Wire was the top publisher on Facebook in July, the most recent month data is available, according to research shared by data firm NewsWhip. The outlet had 98.9 million engagements for the month, or about 8 million more engagements than CNN, the next closest outlet. (Engagement counts all likes, reactions, comments and shares that a post receives.) Those figures easily blew past The New York Times, which had 61.5 million engagements, and The Washington Post’s 43.6 million engagements.

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Sean Burch

Sean Burch

Tech reporter • sean.burch@thewrap.com • @seanb44