These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Notes: Launched in 1995, The Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) is an English language news website focused on news and analysis on Assyrian and Assyrian-related issues. Peter BetBasoo and Firas Jatou are the founders of the site. Peter BetBasoo is the director of the Assyrian International News Agency. According to their about page they originally started as a consulting agency about middle east affairs and providing translation services for Persian, Arabic, Turkish, Kurdish and Assyrian languages. Generally, AINA provides news related to the “persecution of Christians“ in the middle east.
In review, the content of headlines and articles use loaded words such as “The Genocide of Assyrians That Started in Iraq Continues in Syria” and in the body of the same article, general statements such as “There is no moral ambiguity in what is occurring — ISIS is evil and the source of this evil is Islam.” “The civilized world must find the courage to accept the force of its moral superiority and act on it. If it does not, the world will fall into shadow.”
Further, they poorly source their articles and when they do they source to themselves, for example “Australia’s Assyrians in Focus.” The Assyrian International News Agency also syndicates articles from the Associated Press and AFP, however the stories that are chosen reflect a pro-Christian bias.
The Assyrian International News Agency has also been cited by the Southern Poverty Law Center as being anti-Islam based on an article published in 2008 that generalizes all Muslims as being violent. Editorially, AINA has a strong right wing bias that favors conservatives and President Trump. Overall, we rate the Assyrian International News Agency Right Biased based on editorial content that favors the right and Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing and the promotion of anti-Islam propaganda. (M. Huitsing 1/1/2017)