Asian Correspondent

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Asian Correspondent - Left Center BiasLEFT-CENTER BIAS

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: HIGH
Country: United Kingdom
World Press Freedom Rank: UK 40/180


Asian Correspondent is a Bristol, UK based news website launched in 2009, by Hybrid News Limited, which was founded by James Craven. He describes Asian correspondent as “started as a bit of blogging project, got bigger.” The Asian Correspondent website provides commentary, opinion and combines articles by bloggers and newswire content in one website, geared primarily towards an Asian audience. The website covers all of the Asia–Pacific region. Asian Correspondent’s format led to a comparison with the Huffington Post and has been described as the HuffPo for Asia. Clara Chooi is the Editor-in-Chief.

Funded by / Ownership

The owner of the Asian Correspondent is Hybrid, also known as Hybrid News, a media company which was created by James Craven.  Hybrid evolved from a network of bloggers, sometimes referred to as freelancers, from different Asian countries and grew into a news bureau and multimedia company. Hybrid’s brands currently include: Asian Correspondent,Travel Wire Asia, Tech Wire Asia, TechHQ and Study International. James Craven describes Asian Correspondent’s business model as “a combination of all the fantastic elements of investigative journalism and foreign correspondence, but also through model delivery platforms.” Further, he states the difference between Asian Correspondent and HuffPo is that Asian Correspondent offers their authors compensation. The website is funded through online advertising.

Analysis / Bias

Asian Correspondent re-publishes articles from credible wire services such as ReutersFurthermore, Asian Correspondent sources to other credible media outlets such as The Straits Times, Bloomberg, South China Morning Post, The Hill and when covering world news such as in this article: ‘Least affordable’ Hong Kong aims to sell ‘cheap’ homes”. Asian Correspondent also uses minimally biased emotional language in their headlines such as “From famine to fortune: A timeline of China’s economic turnaround.” When covering US News, they utilize neutral language as well: “Could Trump and Xi’s ‘good’ chat spell an end to the US-China trade war?” Within this article there is a mild anti-Trump tone as evidenced by this quote “Trump, however, tends to take a more freestyle approach to such meetings, relying more on gut-feeling than any prepared standpoints.” 

Politically, Asian Correspondent is left leaning when it comes to environmental issues with sections of the website dedicated to climate change news, as well as a section called “Green” that publishes news related to green energy and conservation.

A factual search reveals that they have not failed a fact check.

Overall, we rate Asian Correspondent Left-Center biased due to story selection that slightly favors the left and High for factual reporting based on proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 12/21/2018)


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