These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate +972 Magazine Left-Center Biased based on the wording and editorial positions that lean left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Israel 88/180
According to their about page, +972 Magazine was founded in 2010 and it is a “blog-based magazine” which was created and is owned by a group of Israeli and Palestinian “journalists, bloggers, and photographers”. They state their goal as “to provide fresh, original, on-the-ground reporting and analysis of events in Israel and Palestine” The Editor-in-Chief is Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man and the Deputy Editor is former Haaretz Editor, Edo Konrad.
A complete list, including the Founding members and Board of Directors, can be viewed Here.
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Funded by / Ownership
According to its about page the magazine is financed by reader contributions, donations, subscriptions, and grants.
+972 Magazine is published by the Israeli Registrar and all donations go to the Non-Profit “972 – Advancement of Citizen Journalism”. They list all the grants and donations from foreign entities, which can be found under the finances section. However, when we looked at the Rockefeller Brothers grants, according to the Rockefeller site, they received four grants from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund totaling $390,000 (2012-2018) which contradicts +972’s report of $320,000.
Analysis / Bias
+972 Magazine reports, that according to Progressive German paper Die Tageszeitung’s (Taz) article, “the Israeli gov’t sent a seven-page letter to German Officials urging them to defund +972 Magazine, such as Grants from Heinrich Böll Foundation (affiliated with Germany’s Green Party), claiming that +972 Magazine goes against Israel’s interests because “the authors regularly accuse Israel of apartheid.”
In review, +972 Magazine articles tend to lean left and are critical of the right-leaning Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. +972 Magazine utilizes emotionally loaded words in their headlines such as “Netanyahu will do all he can to destroy Jewish-Arab alliances” and “’For many young American Jews, the Trump-Bibi axis is the enemy’”, and How Trump energizes deniers of Palestinian independence. Further, they typically utilize credible sources such Haaretz, Die Tageszeitung, New Yorker, New York Times, and usip.org. In general, story selection is negative toward Israeli policy concerning the Palestinians.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate +972 Magazine Left-Center Biased based on the wording and editorial positions that lean left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 1/6/2019)
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