Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Launched in June of 2015, American Military News is a military and foreign affairs news website based in New York City. According to their about page “American Military News, its editors and reporters are affiliated with the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Defense Writers Group, Online News Association (ONA) and International Association of Professional Writers and Editors (IAPWE).” They list their mission as to “report on issues related to the U.S. military, global foreign affairs, current events and cultural topics.” The CEO of American Military News is Kellen Giuda, and Melissa Leon is the Editor-in-Chief.
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Analysis / Bias
In review, American Military News’ reporting on national security and US military utilizes minimally loaded language in their headlines and articles such as AZ man gets 12 years for helping college student join ISIS or Trump to withdraw half of 14,000 US troops in Afghanistan, reports say. Both of these stories are properly sourced to credible media outlets. Besides original content, American Military News also curates and republishes military related news from other credible sources such as Stars and Stripes (Least Biased), Hindustan Times (Left-Center), San Diego Union-Tribune (Least Biased), Roll Call (Least Biased), and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (Least Biased).
American Military News also has an opinion page that is reasonably balanced and does not offer extreme opinions. A general overview shows many editorials pertaining to gun ownership rights and pro-military positions, which makes sense given the genre of this website.
A factual search reveals that American Military News has indirectly failed a fact check by sourcing a false claim from the Washington Free Beacon. Further, American Military News offers a comprehensive fact-checking policy that you can read here.
Overall, we rate American Military News Least Biased based on story selection that is balanced and free of loaded words, however, there is a slight rightward lean editorially, but still offers balance. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High, due to a failed check while still being a generally accurate source. (10/10/2017) Updated (D. Van Zandt 9/20/2019)