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.
- Overall, we rate Investigate Russia Left-Center Biased for story selection and word choices that favor the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2017, Investigate Russia or The Committee to Investigate Russia describe themselves on their about page as “a non-profit, non-partisan resource provided to help Americans recognize and understand the gravity of Russia’s continuing attacks on our democracy. All relevant information is aggregated in one place to provide context and allow users to see the full picture of what Russia has done and will continue to do unless we start paying closer attention.”
The Director of the website is actor and movie producer Rob Reiner. The advisory board consists of people from both the left and right such as the Atlantic’s senior editor David Frum, who is also a former special assistant to President George W. Bush. Others on the advisory board consist of former CIA and FBI state dept officials, such as conservative commentator; Max Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; and Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. According to Variety Magazine, in an interview with Rob Reiner, he stated the goal is to understand “what cyberwarfare is all about.”
Funded by / Ownership
According to their about page, Investigate Russia is “a non-partisan, non-profit effort designed to help Americans understand and recognize the scope and scale of Russia’s continuing attacks on our democracy.” The website is mostly funded through donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Investigate Russia often publishes factual information that utilizes minimally loaded words in their headlines and articles such as: “Manafort Flight Records Raise Suspicion.“ There is a left-center bias in story selection that is properly sourced to credible media such as: Reuters, The New York Times, ABC News, Fortune and MSN. However, they also use factually mixed sources such as Yahoo News and The Hill, but these are vetted and factual in content.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Investigate Russia Left-Center Biased for story selection and word choices that favor the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 11/27/2017) Updated (1/26/2019)