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.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: Lebanon 99/180
Notes: Launched August 2014; Al-Masdar News or AMN is an English-language online newspaper founded by Leith Abou Fadel. Al-Masdar’s coverage focuses on news from Syria, Yemen, and Iraq. Al-Masdar has several Syria-based correspondents, and claims to have sources within the Syrian military.
Al-Masdar News publishes world news stories from credible sources such as LA Times, Reuters and the New York Times, however Middle East news is poorly sourced, without links provided. Through a search we found that one of the stories came from the Questionable propaganda source, The Duran. Further, BBC, Newsweek, The Independent, and the New York Times all described Al-Masdar as a “pro-government website.” Al-Masdar says on their about page that they are an independent media service free from any political or corporate funding, sponsorship or association, but western media refers to them as “Pro-Regime.” Overall, we rate Al-Masdar Left-Center biased in reporting and Mixed factually due to poor sourcing. (M. Huitsing 9/25/2017)