These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
- Overall, we rate Defense One Least Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that are balanced. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Defense One (DO) is an online news site that reports primarily on matters relating to national defense and security. According to their about page “Defense Onedelivers news, breaking analysis, and ideas on the topics and trends that are defining the future of U.S. defense and national security. We give national security professionals, stakeholders and citizens what they need to know, from senior leaders in Washington to commanders abroad and next-generation thinkers far from the political scrum.”
Funded by / Ownership
Defense One is a property of Atlantic Media, which owns the left leaning Atlantic Magazine and website. Revenue is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
The articles are well written, well sourced, and highly factual. National defense and security are always complex and controversial subjects. The solid analysis and insight that DO provides can be a key path to navigating and understanding them. While some of the articles exhibit a slight left or right bias, this can be attributed primarily to the subject matter as opposed to the bias of the author. That aside, the overall content and editorial intent of DO earns them a Least Biased rating.
A factual search reveals Defense One has not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Defense One Least Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that are balanced. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Kelley 3/27/2017) Updated (01/03/2020)