These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in 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 conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Asharq Al-Awsat, Right-Center Biased based on story selection that moderately favors the Right and Mixed for factual reporting due to consistently publishing favorable information about the Saudi Government (Propaganda) and a failed fact check by an IFCN fact-checker.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: United Kingdom
World Press Freedom Rank: UK 35/180
Launched in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat is an Arabic international newspaper that is based in London. Ghassan Charbel is the editor-in-chief. Asharq Al-Awsat covers news throughout the Middle East region, the US and Europe, they also have syndication rights to the Washington Post, USA Today, and Global Viewpoint.
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Funded by / Ownership
The Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG) is the publisher of Asharq Al-Awsat and according to The Guardian it has close ties to the Saudi royal family. Asharq Al-Awsat is owned by Faisal bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud a member of the Saudi royal family. Revenue is derived from advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Asharq Al-Awsat uses emotionally loaded headlines pertaining to US Politics such as this “Trump and a World Without Gary Cooper”. Further, most of the articles are Pro-Trump, such as these quotes from the article, which supports President Trump’s international policy:
“Ardent advocates of global retreat by the United States feigned anger because Trump was doing what their darling Barack Obama dared not contemplate.”
“Trump-haters labeled it as another example of his supposed subservience to Vladimir Putin.”
In another piece that is Pro-Trump, written by the papers former editor-in-chief, the headline is emotionally loaded” “CNN, Qatar and the Targeting of Saudi Arabia.” This article praises Trump for calling CNN “the false news media.”
When it comes to national politics, Asharq Al-Awsat is pro-Saudi government: “Jubeir: Nobody in Saudi Arabia Knew About Khashoggi’s Murder Except Those Who Did It”. This article like most, does not provide hyperlinked sourcing of information, but rather relies on quotations.
The Saudi Government has ties with right wing parties of Europe and often reports unfavorably about Qatar and Iran.
A factual search reveals that they failed a fact check by IFCN fact-checker, Agence France-Presse.
Overall, we rate Asharq Al-Awsat, Right-Center Biased based on story selection that moderately favors the Right and Mixed for factual reporting due to consistently publishing favorable information about the Saudi Government (Propaganda) and a failed fact check by an IFCN fact-checker. (M. Huitsing 4/15/2019)
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