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- Overall, we rate Checkpoint Asia Questionable based on promotion of propaganda and conspiracy theories as well as the use of poor sources and a lack transparency regarding ownership and location.
Reasoning: Right Bias, Pro-Russian Propaganda, Conspiracy, Lack of Transparency
Established in 2019, Checkpoint Asia is a blog founded by Marko Marjanović who is a Russia Insider deputy editor since 2014. Russia Insider also states “Checkpoint Asia is his after hours project.” On their about page Marko Marjanović describes himself as “informed by libertarian anarchism” and Checkpoint Asia’s focus as “an Empire Watch”. Marjanović also describes “America” with a quote from his about page that reads “Asia is much too large, much too ancient, and much too proud to suffer US hegemony for too long. The salvation, the retreat of the Empire, starts in Asia.”
Besides writing for Russia Insider, Marko Marjanović has written for AntiWar, Mises, and the Libertarian Institute. He has also had his work republished in the following questionable and conspiracy sources: New Cold War, Off Guardian, Signs of the Times, LewRockwell.com, and Global Research.
Funded by / Ownership
The website indicates that Checkpoint Asia is owned by Marko Marjanović, however we are unable to verify this. Revenue appears to be solely derived from donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the website features, politics, war, finance and history, however, in general articles are either sourced to Russian affiliated media outlets, such as RT, Sputnik News, and Russia Insider; or similar narrative blogs such as Of Two Minds blog, tomluongo.me and the right leaning Mises Institute. They also utilize credible sources such as The South China Morning Post and The Moscow Times. Under every section, the news revolves around Anti-American narratives with strong emotionally loaded language both in the titles and the body of articles. Here are some examples: “Who Cares About the F-35: This Is Why Russia Doesn’t Fear American Weapons” and “Iran Was Chummy With Al-Qaeda — Back When Both Were on America’s Side in Bosnia and Afghanistan”. An emotionally loaded quote from the article reads “The shameless liar Mike Pompeo is attempting to draw a link between al-Qaeda and Iran so Trump can launch a war on Iran without Congressional approval…” In general, story selection is usually pro-Russian and anti-American, with many stories promoting propaganda and conspiracy theories.
Overall, we rate Checkpoint Asia Questionable based on promotion of propaganda and conspiracy theories as well as the use of poor sources and a lack transparency regarding ownership and location. (M. Huitsing 6/27/2019)
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