- Overall, we rate Amity Underground Left biased and Questionable based on a complete lack of transparency regarding ownership, funding, authorship and mission.
Reasoning: Lack Transparency
Country: United Kingdom
World Press Freedom Rank: UK 33/180
Amity Underground is a libertarian-socialist website that posts articles under the name RUAIRI WOOD. The profile for Ruairi Wood states “English Dirtbag. Read the Bread Book, Google Murray Bookchin.” Murray Bookchin was the founder of libertarian socialist ideology. Libertarian Socialism is an “anti-authoritarian political philosophy inside the socialist movement that rejects the conception of socialism as centralized state ownership and control of the economy.”
According to a domain search, the site was launched in 2018 and registered in the United Kingdom. The website does not provide an about page, author information, nor ownership disclosure. A Facebook page for Amity Underground has the tagline “War is a Racket.”
Funded by /ownership
The website does not disclose ownership, nor how they generate revenue.
In review, Amity Underground authors use aliases and post anonymously. There is frequent use of emotionally loaded headlines such as this “The Intercept’s Various Suspicious Editorial Decisions can be Blamed on their Billionaire Owner’s Political Agenda.” and “The families of six executed Saudi minors only heard the news through state media.”
Amity Underground sources their information to credible sources such as Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), VOA, The Guardian, and Haaretz, however they also use blogs such as Rabbit Hole, bristolagainstarmstrade and less known sources such as Al Watan (a daily newspaper in Saudi Arabia).
In general, story selection favors a left anarchist viewpoint, with rejection of war, racism and corporatism.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Amity Underground Left biased and Questionable based on a complete lack of transparency regarding ownership, funding, authorship and mission. (M. Huitsing 4/30/2019)