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.
- Overall, we rate Asia Sentinel Left-Center Biased based on story selection that moderately favors the Left and Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing and failed fact checks by IFCN fact-checkers.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Launched in 2006, Asia Sentinel is a news website that covers business, economics, politics, analysis, and opinion on national and regional issues in Asia. Asia Sentinel was previously headquartered in Hong Kong before it was moved to California in 2017. The editor-in-chief and co-founder is John Berthelsen and Philip Bowring is Consultant Editor.
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According to Asia Sentinel’s about page “internet publishing is now beginning to become a commercial proposition and that Asia Sentinel can become a self-sustaining site. Meanwhile, they welcome new investors who share their outlook.” Asia Sentinel is funded through a subscription and advertising model. Non-subscribers have free access to five articles per month.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Asia Sentinel uses emotionally loaded headlines such as “Philippines’ Duterte’s Popularity Soars” and “Growing Disaster of Trump Administration’s Foreign Policy”. When it comes to sourcing, in some articles they utilize credible sources such as “Reuters” by mentioning “a Reuters interview of Anwar Ibrahim following his release from prison”, typically however, Asia Sentinel poorly sources their articles and does not provide hyperlinks.
Further, Asia Sentinel published an article in 2018 titled “Indonesia’s SBY Government: ‘Vast Criminal Conspiracy’. This article was written by the site’s editor John Berthelsen, who claims that the former president of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) was involved in money laundering practices, which was called “false” by Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY).
Yudhoyono’s party stated that they will sue Asia Sentinel over a ‘false’ report – Later, an apology was published by Asia Sentinel’s website titled “Apology to President Yudhoyono and the Democrat Party of Indonesia” and the original article was removed from the Asia Sentinel website.
A factual search reveals they have failed fact checks by IFCN fact checkers.
Overall, we rate Asia Sentinel Left-Center Biased based on story selection that moderately favors the Left and Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing and failed fact checks by IFCN fact-checkers. (M. Huitsing 4/21/2019)
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