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 Air Force Times Least Biased based on balanced news reporting and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1947, Air Force Times is a part of the Sightline Media Group, formerly known as the Army Times Publishing Company, which first published Army Times in 1940. Sightline Media Group also publishes The Military Times group, which comprises four bimonthly newspapers. These are: Army Times (founded 1940), Navy Times (founded 1951), Air Force Times (founded 1947), and Marine Corps Times. Please note that these are not US government publications. The Executive Editor of Air Force Times is Andrew Tilghman.
The Air Force Times provides news and information, daily newsletters, video content and podcasts to the U.S. military community.
Sightline Media Group, is based in Northern Virginia. Peter Lundquist is the president of Sightline Media Group and David Smith is the vice president and general manager for all of Sightline’s business brands, which are: Defense News, Federal Times and C4ISR & Networks.
Funded by / Ownership
Air Force Times is owned by Sightline Media Group, which was formerly owned by Gannett Company, which is best known for its flagship national newspaper USA Today. Currently, Sightline Media Group is owned by Regent, L.P. Regent is a private equity firm based in Los Angeles/California. Air Force Times is funded through advertising and subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Air Force Times covers military news and defense policy with the use of minimally loaded language such as this: “Making Air Force One great again” and “Transgender airman: ‘I would like to see them try to kick me out of my military.’” All information in articles is properly sourced to credible media outlets such as the Associated Press, Politico, Reuters, Military Times and .gov sites. Editorially, they are balanced with primarily centrist views, that slightly lean left on the issues of gender and lean right in their support of military strength. In general, Air Force Times covers military news with very low bias in reporting.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Air Force Times Least Biased based on balanced news reporting and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information. (M. Huitsing 4/18/2019)