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- Overall, we rate CaitlinJohnstone.com as a left-biased conspiracy website based on the promotion of unproven and one-sided speculative claims that are not always supported by evidence.
Bias Rating: LEFT CONSPIRACY
Factual Reporting: MIXED
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
CaitlinJohnstone.com is a platform that offers writings focusing on “The End Of Illusions.” The website features articles, poetry, videos, songs, and art primarily authored by Caitlin Johnstone. She describes herself as a “Bogan Socialist.” The website is based in Victoria, Australia.
Funded by / Ownership
The website is owned by Caitlin Johnstone, with revenue generated through donations.
Analysis / Bias
Caitlin Johnstone’s website offers societal and political content, including articles and poetry. In our analysis, we examined several articles: First, an article titled “On War With China, Australia Is Caught Between A Rock And A Pentagon” critiques Australia’s military ties with the U.S. using emotionally loaded language such as phrases like “relentless onslaught of war–with–China propaganda,” “incredibly brazen admission,” and “unimaginably terrible war.”
While the article cites multiple sources, its tone and framing could be interpreted as conspiratorial, particularly regarding the U.S.’s influence on Australian foreign policy. The author relies on mainstream outlets like ABC Radio National, Wikipedia, and Defense News, and less transparent ones like the YouTube channel “Tales of the American Empire.”
In addition, John J. Mearsheimer, a cited expert, is reputable but controversial in international relations. He is known for his “offensive realism” theory and has faced criticism for his views, such as his opposition to NATO expansion and his book “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.” Lastly, Caitlin Johnstone also cites her Substack page, which may be seen as less objective.
Next, in the article “The USA’s Covert Empire: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix,” Johnstone criticizes U.S. foreign policy. Her focus is squarely on the U.S.’s “covert empire” and its influence on other nations, which presents a one-sided view of global politics by critiquing the actions of the U.S. without offering a comparative analysis of other influential nations like Russia or China. She cites sources including Politico, an archived article from The Intercept, and New York Magazine.
In the last article we analyzed, titled My Sources Corroborate Sy Hersh’s Nord Stream Report: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix, Johnstone theorizes that the US Government is behind the pipeline bombing. She states her sources are “logic, common sense, and public statements by US government officials.” As of this date, no concrete evidence indicates who bombed the pipeline. While it could be true that the USA blew up the pipeline, it could also be true that Russia, Ukraine, or another foreign actor did.
Generally, Caitlin Johnstone’s website can be characterized as leaning left, particularly in its critical stance toward U.S. foreign and military policy. The site predominantly scrutinizes the U.S. while sparing similar critiques of other global powers, indicating a specific ideological viewpoint.
Failed Fact Checks
- NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg acknowledges that Russia invaded out of fear of NATO expansion. – False
Overall, we rate CaitlinJohnstone.com as a left-biased conspiracy website based on the promotion of unproven and one-sided speculative claims that are not always supported by evidence. (M. Huitsing 08/27/2023) Updated (09/21/2023)
Last Updated on September 21, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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