These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward liberal 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 liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Left Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate Attack the System Left Biased based on support for a political system that closely aligns with Left-Libertarianism and anarchism. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the use of sources who have failed fact checks.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
AttackTheSystem.com is a site that publishes articles covering current events and opinion pieces favoring a form of Pan-anarchism.
Whois and Wayback Machine data both have earliest records of the AttackTheSystem.com being created sometime between July 23 & 25 in 2001—But Whois data on AttackTheSystem.Wordpress.com date back to March 3, 2000; implying that the site was initially a free WordPress site that was upgraded and transferred to a new domain attackthesystem.com
The earliest posts on AttackTheSystem.com, however, only date as far back as 2008. However, this page (https://attackthesystem.com/donate/) reaffirms that AttackTheSystem.com was created in January 2001. The 7-year-gap in posts implies a purge or transfer of ownership occurred.
Regardless, in the footer, the site is copyrighted to “American Revolutionary Vanguard”, which a Google search reveals is a neglected Blogspot site (https://attackthesystem.blogspot.com/) created by Keith Preston—Who is credited as the “moving force” behind Attack The System and American Revolutionary Vanguard. Interestingly, American Revolutionary Vanguard activity started and ceased the same year AttackTheSystem.com was created—And the earliest post available on AttackTheSystem.com is also attributed to Keith Preston.
Funded by / Ownership
By all accounts, it appears that Attack The System is a rebranding of American Revolutionary Vanguard and is still owned by Keith Preston.
The site contains no advertisements, but it does link to affiliated sites and periodically sponsors a book related to anarchism, but it appears that the site is mainly funded by donations via PayPal.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the site is spearheaded by Keith Preston, who continues to operate the site and write its articles. Preston is a pan-anarchist who has written articles for AlternativeRight.com and paleoconservative or libertarian sites such as Taki’s Magazine, LewRockwell.com, and Anti-State.com.
The headlines occasionally use loaded language, e.g. “The New York Times Is Now Officially Chinese Communist Propaganda” and this Leftists Sell Out, Congratulating Billionaires for Fascist Depravity. Further, they endorse anarchism with its motto, “Pan-Anarchism Against the State, Pan-Secessionism Against the Empire, Pan-Socratism Against Dogma”.
The site also prominently features links to the National-Anarchist Movement, The Menken Club, Global Revolutionary Alliance, Lew Rockwell, The Revolutionary Right among other right-wing or anarchist sites as well as those from a more socialist left perspective such as Counter-Punch, Earth First, International Workers Association, Occupy Wall Street, and World Socialist Web Site Although the site supports left-libertarians such as Noam Chomsky and others, they most often favor the far left or far right and harshly denigrate the establishment such as this We Should Be Very Worried About Joe Biden’s “Domestic Terrorism” Bill. Further, they are very critical of President Trump and corporate conservatives such as this “It is Only a Matter of Time Before a More Competent Trump Emerges”. When it comes to the sourcing of information they utilize a wide variety of sources such as the Socialist leaning Jacobin and Left Voice as well as Libertarian publications such as Reason.
Editorially, Attack the System is difficult to pin down. The end game is an anti-authoritarian, anti-corporate, Libertarian system that essentially eliminates the state. They claim they are willing to work with any group with similar goals, whether they fall along the left or right politically. With that said, although the establishment Left claims this source to be right-wing, our review does not bear that out. The majority of the stories reviewed and the general message of the website endorse left-libertarianism and fully rejects the establishment corporate state. For this reason, we rate the bias of Attack the System to be Left.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date, however, some of the sources utilized by the website have failed fact checks.
Overall, we rate Attack the System Left Biased based on support for a political system that closely aligns with Left-Libertarianism and anarchism. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the use of sources who have failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 1/12/2021) (Some of this review was reader submitted)